Breaking Down the Data Barriers

January 29, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Taxonomy

Technology continues to advance on a daily basis. What was wondrously new yesterday will seem archaic in just a few months. This “advancement” of technology has brought information to our fingertips at a faster speed than ever before and in unbelievable quantities. KMWorld brought this news to our attention in their article, “Universal, federated or unified search in the land of information silos.”

Information access and retrieval within most organizations is not a smooth process. Few organizations have one simple search system for all their data. Most have multiple options, and that number grows with the size of the organization. The challenge with this situation is not allowing the data to become entities in and of themselves – entities that create walls of division.

Ontologies and other controlled vocabularies help ensure that machine-assisted or fully automated indexing is comprehensive, regardless of what you are indexing. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Storage with Findability

January 29, 2015  
Posted in News, storage

21st Century Technologies Limited has developed an indigenous records and information management solution that offers companies secure, innovative, and customized document storage and management. This Day Live brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “21st Century Technologies Introduces Document Management Solutions.”

The customized solutions have been described as the answer to document storage, file storage, and document management services, and are designed to tackle the painful areas that most organizations face in data storage and access.

Access to data is important. It can be achieved by creating strong taxonomies. Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Too Many Options

January 29, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The variety and volume of information can be overwhelming. Because of that, it is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out where to find the information we want and need. This interesting topic came from eContent in their article, “Getting Taxonomies and Metadata Right.”

Between cloud systems like DropBox and your email folders (and hopefully you only have one email account), findability can be a challenge. Metadata and taxonomies are here to help. They can boost findability and make your content stand out and be found.

Taxonomies and other controlled vocabularies help ensure that machine-assisted or fully automated indexing is comprehensive, regardless of what you are indexing. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

Digital Books’ Impact on Libraries

January 28, 2015  
Posted in News

E-books have changed the publishing world as we know, but it is easy to overlook the impact that digital publishing has had on the library system. Two library systems alone —Toronto Public Library and King County Library System in Washington— have seen more than two million checkouts from OverDrive, the digital distributor for most libraries. Information Today brought this news to our attention in their article, “Ebooks in 2015: Trends and Forecasts Part 1.

Proponents for e-readers are not united on their preferences. Since the original Kindle was released from Amazon, there have been fans of both the e-ink and the LCD versions of e-readers. E-ink e-readers proved to be a key platform in the early days, and they still have their champions. They seem to tug at the nostalgia strings for those who were reluctant to give up paper because of the similar appearance. I was one of those reluctant converts. I like the feel, look, and smell of my books. But in the world of traveling and convenience, it is much easier to grab my Kindle and not have to worry about which book to take on the plane. I might be different in that I use my Kindle and the Kindle application on my iPad almost equally. I like that regardless of which one I am using at the moment; it syncs to my last reading place. If I am going somewhere that will require some Internet connection for work or personal activities, the Kindle application provides the hybrid I need to prevent carrying two devices.

In October 2014, Amazon released another version of their e-readers, the Kindle Voyage. The customer base is there, but will it last? Consumers are very fickle creatures.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

Internships Available

January 28, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

As we strive to be as helpful as possible to those in the fields of taxonomy, indexing, ontology, etc., we are excited to share career opportunities that we find with our readers. Even if you aren’t in the market for a career move, it is always good to stay on top of what is available and how the fields are evolving.

One particular set of opportunitieser involves internships. Internships offer invaluable opportunities to gain experience in your chosen field. In the taxonomy field, it is important to have experts in a variety of subjects to fully understand the terms and components of a particular study area. Students familiar with taxonomic principles can bring valuable insight to a variety of jobs. The American Anthropological Association is sharing a list of internships that are available, while highlighting the value that one successful taxonomy-minded applicant offered. If you are the position to consider an internship, don’t limit yourself – think outside the job.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

Who is at the table?

January 28, 2015  
Posted in News

Unfortunately, information professionals are often the last people brought onto projects involving digital asset management (DAM) teams and other project teams. Why is this? They bring a perspective that connects everyone’s interest and investment in the final outcome. They can remove themselves from the territory problems and turf wars by asking the important and simple questions, like “What are you trying to do?” CMS Wire brought this news to our attention in their article, “Library Science, Not Library Silence.”

Information professionals bring power and knowledge to the table. For example, let’s look at the taxonomy. Who else will know where to start? Their perspective is informed, educated, and skilled. And that is just the beginning. Don’t overlook the experts on any project.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

Webinar for Information Services

January 27, 2015  
Posted in News

There is always time to learn, especially when the opportunity is as convenient as a webinar. A special National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) learning opportunity is scheduled for Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Bryan Alexander, Consultant and Editor of Future Trends in Technology and Education, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Strategic Planning/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be discussing trends and challenges facing information professionals these days.

Library institutions are in precarious positions. How will they evolve in the future? How will these trends impact the future of teaching, learning, research and institutions? Click here to register for the opportunity to learn and join this interesting discussion.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Opening the Doors

January 27, 2015  
Posted in News

Facebook has announced that it will open source deep learning modules for the Torch artificial intelligence project. This could speed up technology and make it more accessible to developers and ultimately companies. This interesting information came from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Facebook Open Sources AI Tools, Increasing Access to Deep Learning.”

The social networking legend has a long open source contribution history and has even released documentation on its data center designs and building blocks. By contributing its optimized deep-learning modules and other tools, Facebook could empower numerics, machine learning, and computer vision.

With social media comes collaboration. What is more collaborative than open source? Having a strategy that focuses on the problems people want to solve or the capabilities they want to support, and allowing experimental approaches can result in dynamic results.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

 

Share Your Story

January 27, 2015  
Posted in News

KMWorld 2015 is scheduled for November 2-5 in Washington D.C., but the planning is already underway. The planning team is seeking experienced and knowledgeable experts who can provide practical, hands-on information, case studies, and instruction that will maximize the value of the conference attendees’ technological investments. Topics should include search, content, enterprise, and knowledge management, but the core component should be around agility. Agile can mean applying an incremental and iterative approach, or evolving through collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams to promote early delivery, continuous improvement, and encourage rapid and flexible response to change.

To participate in KMWorld 2015 as a possible speaker or workshop leader, or suggest a speaker, post your submission no later than March 27, 2015. Share your story at KMWorld.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.

Super Fans

January 26, 2015  
Posted in News, Term lists

For full disclosure, I am not a sports person. That may not be too surprising, as I am of the gender least likely to be interested. Before my female friends and colleagues who enjoy the games get offended, know that I am not saying this with any amount of pride nor disdain for those who do not fall in the statistical profile. In fact, female viewership of the National Football League (NFL) alone is up 26%. Some are even saying that the increase in female fans might be significant to saving their future.

However, much like acronyms build walls in communications from those in the know and those not, lingo and terminology that is foreign to viewers will not endear them to the sport. Fortunately, for those of us who are not familiar with football lingo, a thesaurus can help. This interesting topic was inspired by an article from Visual Thesaurus titled, “Talking Football Lingo as the Super Bowl Approaches.” This particular article was referring to the 2014 Super Bowl, but it is useful information this year and for years to come.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

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