Flexibility for Users in Classification

May 6, 2015  
Posted in indexing, News, Taxonomy

TITUS has released Classification Suite 4. The new version of its data identification and information protection suite uses content and context to automatically classify and protect information as users handle it, and allows manual and guided classification for maximum flexibility and user engagement. KMWorld brought this news to us in their article, “Automated unstructured data classification, protection.”

Flexibility is important when it comes to developing a classification system. It is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy and its role in the search process. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Access Innovations has extensive experience in constructing taxonomies for academic publishers, and can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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

Choosing Storage Carefully

May 6, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, storage

Cloud storage is fast becoming the desired solution driving users’ decisions. It seems like the perfect answer to a complicated space issue. However, there are some factors around cloud storage that would behoove anyone considering it to remember. This interesting information came to us from Net Security in their article, “Five misunderstandings about cloud storage.

First, let’s talk about management and access. If users create their own access, they may use personal information to set up an account. This limits the organization’s access to any of the company data the user has stored.

A second problem involves institutional knowledge and employee terminations. When a user exits the company, a plan is needed for the cloud account and the data. This isn’t much far from the first point, but one often overlooked.

Check out the complete article for further information that can help you in this process.

Melody K. Smith

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

Taxonomies Identify Strategies

May 6, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Because there is no reliable way to choose strategies that are appropriate for implementing guidelines facing different barriers, a scoping systematic review was performed on MEDLINE and EMBASE covering the years from 2004 to 2013. From studies that evaluated the implementation of guidelines on arthritis, diabetes, colorectal cancer, and heart failure, the data was extracted and summarized. Interventions were mapped against a published taxonomy of guideline implementation strategies. 7th Space Interactive brought this information to our attention in their article, “Trends in guideline implementation: a scoping systematic review.”

What were the results? Education for professionals or patients and print material were the most commonly employed strategies for translating guidelines to practice. Mapping of strategies onto the published taxonomy identified gaps in guideline implementation that represent opportunities for future research and expanded the taxonomy.

True taxonomies can help manage big data by providing a solid standards-based taxonomy to index against. The results are comprehensive and consistent search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies because of consistency.

Melody K. Smith

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

Google Brings Changes

May 5, 2015  
Posted in indexing, News, search

A couple of weeks ago, Google changed its algorithm to give preference to ‘mobile-friendly’ sites when users perform a search on a mobile device. The change was coined as ‘Mobilegeddon’ because of the potential to bury websites that haven’t been optimized to display correctly on various sizes of mobile devices, while also boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly sites. ZDNet brought this news to us in their article, Google’s “Mobilegeddon’ indexing arrives Tuesday: Are you prepared?”

Google previously announced the change and warned at the time that the change would have a “significant impact” on search rankings – especially given that around half of searches are thought to be conducted from a mobile device. So here we are two weeks later, and the end of the world hasn’t taken place. As it turns out, Mobilegeddon has been one of the most gradual releases of a major Google update to date. While impacts so far are quite minimal, there have been a few.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Crowdsourcing Funds to Preserve Language

May 5, 2015  
Posted in News, reference

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) has cataloged vernacular terms and idioms from around the country since it was founded in the early 1960s, Sadly, their funding is coming up empty. Previously funded by various grants, including endowments from the National Endoment for the Humanities, the project will run out of money this summer. The Huffington Post brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Dictionary Of American Regional English Threatened By Lack Of Funding.”

Anna Lewis, a librarian at the project’s home institution, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has launched a GoFundMe in response to the situation. But with an annual budget of $525,000, DARE’s needs are unlikely to be met by crowdfunding.

Personally, I enjoy the charming language you can find in the Dictionary of American Regional English. It is a nice counterpart to Webster’s and will be missed if funding isn’t resolved.

Melody K. Smith

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

Securing the Data

May 5, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Data security breaches have not been limited to one particular type of business. Retailers have been victims, as has the healthcare industry. Ironically, education institutions also suffer data breaches, at a rate of just over one per week. But the real victims have been the customers and patients who trusted their most personal information to these organizations while assuming that those organizations’ security measures would be enough. This interesting information came from JD Supra in their article, “E-Discovery and Information Management: Electronic Data Breach Of Student Records—The University’s Obligation To Disclose (3/15).”

Organizations are not exempt from injury in a data breach situation. They can also be harmed in various ways. The organization may incur fines, costs associated with notifying individuals, and legal expenses. Further, the damage to their reputation in the community will suffer, possibly resulting in a decrease in business.

Many things are changing and will continue to do so. It is believed that the cybersecurity market is one of the fastest growing. The year 2014 saw investments of more than $75 billion; the investments total for 2019 is expected to reach $150 billion.

Melody K. Smith

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

There Are No Real Secrets

May 4, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Australia recently passed data retention laws that force telecommunications companies to retain some types of phone and web metadata. This data can be requested by government agencies and in fact, has been used to investigate leaks of government information to journalists. Even though it takes a warrant to access a journalist’s metadata to identify a source, this offers little protection. To prove this point, The Guardian developed a simple game to visualize the problems and challenges.

There is a lot of discussion happening around this new law. It is important to remember that though Internet providers and and mobile phone networks will now be required to store customers’ metadata (the sender, recipient, and time of emails and calls), it doesn’t include the content of an email or telephone call.

Melody K. Smith

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

Referencing the Data

May 4, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, reference

TopQuadrant has released TopBraid Reference Data Manager™ (TopBraid RDM) to bring consistency and accuracy to reference data management. DATAVERSITY brought us this news in their article, “TopQuadrant Launches TopBraid Reference Data Manager.”

Reference data is found in practically every enterprise application including back-end systems, front-end commerce applications, and in data warehouses. Despite its value at turning other data into meaningful business information, it is rarely managed well. Since reference data is the most widely shared class of data in an enterprise, the impacts of not managing it well are broad and far reaching. TopBraid RDM helps enterprises to achieve consistency in their reference data and avoid costly mistakes.

It is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. Choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Crowdsourcing Is Valuable

May 1, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, semantic

Is data science filled with mystical algorithms reminiscent of spells chanted by wizards of yore? John Weathington, President and CEO of Excellent Management Systems, apparently thinks so, judging from his recent article on Tech Republic. This interesting information came to us from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Crowdsourcing Artificial Intelligence.”

He elaborated that leaders often take an egocentric view of the world, relying myopically on their internal capabilities for advanced analytics. However, he believes that you should do a 180 and look at it from the customer’s point of view. The wealth of valuable data he refers to as superficial intelligence is obtainable anytime from involved communities.

He uses one of my favorite apps as an example. Waze helps you navigate the streets of your locale. It is more than a GPS, it is real-time navigation that provides directions to your destination while simultaneously analyzing user provided data about accidents, construction, etc. With the help of your local community, Waze uses real-time analytics to determine your best route. Personally, I think it is amazingly accurate. It puts my Garmin out of business for me.

Melody K. Smith

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

Search Ranks as Important

May 1, 2015  
Posted in News, search

As Concept Searching is compiling the statistics from its 2015 SharePoint and Office 365 Metadata survey, one of the findings that has emerged is a renewed focus on improving enterprise search. This interesting information came from PRWeb in their article, “Concept Searching Survey Shows Enterprise Search Rises in the Ranks of Strategic Applications.”

Based on the two previous surveys, supported by analysts and in line with a recent Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) survey, the results from 360 responses indicate that enterprise search has become a stumbling block in many organizations. Instead of proactively managing content, they have settled for living with the problem.

A new focus on enterprise search can be viewed as a step forward in the management and use of unstructured content. Organizations are realizing that the issue is here to stay.

It is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. It isn’t a cookie cutter process. Choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

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