Wanted: Experienced Taxonomist

March 6, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

I am sure I am not the only who has had to explain what taxonomy is when discussing what I write about or what services Access Innovations provides. “Taxidermy?” No, at least not yet.

Even if you know what taxonomies are and how they can help make your content findable, where do you find one when it is time? Heather Hedden, author of The Accidental Taxonomist, speaks to this issue in her blog post, “How to Find a Taxonomist.

It is unlikely that you can just dial up the local temp agency and find a qualified taxonomist, as the field is not well-defined and is very narrow. Another factor is how interdisciplinary and cross-functional it can and should be. Some see taxonomists as librarians and information managers; however, they are most likely highly educated and informed practitioners in a very specific field.

Professional associations and social media sites are other ways to find the taxonomist with the desired specialty your information needs to be classified and indexed properly for comprehensive and quick retrieval.

Melody K. Smith

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

Learn More About Big Data Solutions

March 6, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Managing big data is a constant topic these days. There are varied solutions available to be sure your organization’s data is safe, but accessible. There is an upcoming webinar that addresses data solutions offered by the National Federation of Advanced Information Service (NFAIS). It is titled, “Research Data Publication, Part I: Where We Are Now.”

Scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2015, this webinar is for libraries, researchers, content providers and database administrators. When it comes to big data, open data and research data, these are all terms of significant relevance to information services as it’s delivered in government and the commercial sectors. While these terms tend to be overused and in the realm of buzzwords in other contexts, this isn’t the case at all in information services.

Learn more and register here.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Power of Metadata

March 6, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The Attorney-General’s Department is standing firm on their belief that obtaining a warrant for every metadata request would be an onerous burden on law enforcement. This interesting news came from CNet in their article, “AG’s Department rejects calls for metadata warrants.”

This comes in response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security inquiry into data retention. Their submission argues that the data retained (such as the source, destination, and time of communications) is a necessary tool in criminal investigations and security operations. However important it may be, they also believe that the time and resources used in obtaining a warrant are excessive.

Metadata gets a bad rap. It is a valuable tool for confirming existing evidence and supporting the work of forensic imaging. As we move into more business intelligence integration, remember that standards are what drives consistency. 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 indexing and making content findable.

Second Chance at Learning Opportunity

March 5, 2015  
Posted in indexing, News, Taxonomy

This opportunity for learning is much like a mulligan in golf. The three-part webinar series on “Practical Taxonomy Creation” by Heather Hedden, was actually held in January, but the webinars were recorded and are available for a replay purchase.

This is a great learning opportunity for indexers wanting to expand their skill set and create a wider vista for work. Where are taxonomies and controlled vocabularies needed? Periodical and database indexing and large, multi-volume back-of-the-book indexing projects use controlled vocabularies.

The need for taxonomies is especially growing in publishing, in marketing, in large corporate or government document or content management systems, image and multimedia collections, all kinds of websites, and e-commerce.

Heather Hedden is a renowned taxonomy expert, author of the book The Accidental Taxonomist, instructor of a taxonomy course, founder and past-chair of the Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies SIG of the American Society for Indexing, past New England chapter president, and frequent conference presenter.

Melody K. Smith

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

Back to School

March 5, 2015  
Posted in News

Ever considered pursuing a graduate degree? Maybe now is the time to make that dream come true. Columbia University’s Master of Science in Information and Knowledge Strategy is designed to prepare knowledge practitioners to plan and lead knowledge and information services, improve collaboration and networks, and create innovative knowledge products.

This unique program combines professional learning for the workplace with Columbia’s recognized academic rigor. The hybrid learning format features interactive course content that allows for extensive virtual and in-person collaboration, and relationship building.

If this piques your interest, consider attending their online information session on March 10th. Learn more here.

The deadline for the Master of Science Application is May 15, 2015.

Melody K. Smith

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

How do you measure value?

March 5, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Information is valuable, some would say invaluable. How do you begin to put a number or a cost to your information? It is easy to apply numbers to software, hardware, and man hours – but what about the content? If you were to sell your information, what would be the selling price? These interesting thoughts came from ArunsPlace in their post, “The Strange Economics Of Information.”

Informational goods are not much different from, say, a new musical album. All the costs of a new album are incurred prior to selling. A number is decided upon, and after the initial product is complete, it is just a matter of reproducing the same digital content and transmitting them to the users. Like informational goods, it has to be experienced in order to be valued. How important the information is to you will not be realized until you have paid for and consumed the information.

Information cannot be valuable if it cannot be found. Automated indexing is a comprehensive approach to making content findable – making information findable. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies with integrated indexing rule bases to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

Knowledge Management Opportunities in Germany

March 4, 2015  
Posted in News

To be as helpful as possible to those in the fields of taxonomy, indexing, ontology, etc., we are sharing career opportunities that we find with our readers. Even if you are not 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.

This particular opportunity is actually two positions, and they are located in Germany at GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences. The Knowledge Technologies for the Social Sciences (WTS) department is concerned with research and development of current issues regarding information and knowledge technologies in the domain of social sciences. The research mainly focuses on information retrieval, the semantic web, linked open data, and web science. Learn more here. 

If you are looking to change positions, good luck on your search.

Melody K. Smith

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

Google It

March 4, 2015  
Posted in News, search

Google has started on an adventure that could change health care and medicine as well as add a whole new avenue of work. Google’s Head of Life Sciences, Andrew Conrad, recently announced that the company is building a nanoparticle platform that could one day be used to continuously measure a person’s health through ingestible nanoparticles. Gigaom brought this interesting news to us in their article, “After indexing all the things, Google now wants to go into your bloodstream.”

Indexing just took on a whole new meaning. Without mentioning anyone specifically, Conrad did say that Google wants to partner with others to make this nano platform commercially available. Google would leave all the data capturing and the cooperation with doctors and healthcare providers to those partners. Google’s role would be more like GE, which also doesn’t own everyone’s MRI, but simply is behind the technology powering MRI machines.

Melody K. Smith

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

Specialized Search

March 4, 2015  
Posted in News, search, semantic

The recent launch of TopQuadrant’s Version 4.6 of TopBraid Suite is designed to simplify the development and management of standards-based, model-driven solutions for enterprise taxonomy, ontology and metadata management. KMWorld brought this news to us in the short article, “Taxonomy, ontology and metadata management.”

Version 4.6 includes the TopBraid Reference Data Manager (TopBraid RDM), which enhances governance of reference data storage and distribution with the addition of relevant and easily accessible metadata.

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.

Meet-Up in the UK

March 3, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Facet Publishing is bringing a very interesting learning and networking opportunity to knowledge professionals in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2015: “Findability and information management in the corporate workplace” This particular meetup will celebrate the launch of Facet Publishing’s new “A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals.” This is an overview of the issues and opportunities for information professionals in rapidly-changing environments, and contains contributions from a wide range of sectors and specialisms.

The book’s editor and three contributors who will each introduce their particular chapters will be present and entertain an audience Q&A time afterwards.  This meetup is a new format for an ISKO UK event.

The publishing world has been affected by the world of technology more than any other, and not just in how they gather together. More people are building and implementing taxonomies. The awareness of controlled vocabularies and their applications continues to grow.

Melody K. Smith

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


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