What Else Can You Do With a Thesaurus?

August 22, 2014  
Posted in News

Have an old Roget’s lying around? If you follow in this girl’s footsteps you just might have a new wardrobe. Huffington Post brought this odd but interesting news in their article, “Thesaurus Dress Sold To Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.” In this day and age of sustainability, recycling, upcycling and trash-to-treasures, we should not be surprised by any repurposing efforts. Yet we are.

A Vancouver actress and model made a dress out of pages from a thesaurus. As if that isn’t a story on its own, the outfit has been sold to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Jori Phillips made waves last summer when her dress, which she cut and glued together for a costume at the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, went viral. “It feels like a fairy tale,” said Phillips. We would agree.

Melody K. Smith

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

Improving Upon Records Management

August 22, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

AMCAD has started working on a document management project with Arizona’s Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court. The plan is to scan and index approximately five million images in six months’ time. This monumental task is part of a larger long-term records management strategy for the Clerk of the Superior Court. Upon completion, they will eliminate thousands of square feet of files and shelving. The digitization project will enhance security and improve access by the court and public. This interesting information came from Broadway World in their article, “AMCAD Begins Work Under Critical Document Management Contract With Arizona’s  Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court.”

Considering the mammoth amount of data available, both digital and non-digital, the benefits to going digital go beyond access and findability. It is all about preserving data.

Melody K. Smith

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

Embracing Semantic Technology

August 22, 2014  
Posted in News, semantic

Cipher Systems has announced a new partnership with Semantic Research Inc. Together they will work together to integrate elements of SRI’s Semantica® software package and Cipher’s Knowledge.Works™ and Knowledge.Hub™ competitive intelligence software solutions. Digital Journal brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “Cipher Systems Partners with Semantic Research to Extend Data-Intensive Analytics Solutions to Commercial Markets.”

“To make smart strategic decisions, our clients need to fully understand the business ecosystems in which they operate,” said Peter Grimm, Managing Director of Cipher. “SRI’s technology and approach builds on our existing capabilities to support companies seeking to better understand their competitors’ strategy, target key customer segments, detect fraud, optimize supply chains, or examine potential acquisition candidates. We are pleased to partner with a leader in network-focused analysis to bring new capabilities to our clients.”

Semantic technology requires a special knowledge of terminology and coding to reduce errors. Access Innovations, developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system and specializing in complex coding, tagging, and indexing, provides a range of services that deliver tag integrity.

Melody K. Smith

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

A Taxonomy for Contributor Role Metadata

August 21, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

We’ve written before about how taxonomies can provide the material for metadata (especially subject matter terms) describing information resources. One taxonomy currently under development has the potential to standardize how authors and other contributors are described in a resource’s metadata. The development group is led by Amy Brand (VP Academic & Research Relations and VP North America for Digital Science) and Liz Allen (Head of Evaluation for the Wellcome Trust).

An article published yesterday in the Scholarly Kitchen on the contributor role taxonomy includes an interview with Dr. Brand, who described the active involvement of scholarly publishers, institutions, and others in the development group:

“The contributorship effort has been highly collaborative from the start. We are working closely with the Wellcome Trust evaluation team, and have some financial support from Wellcome as well. Publishers including Nature, Elsevier, PLOS, AAAS, and APS have been involved at various stages in the project. We also had some help early on from Access Innovations. And individuals from several institutions, including Cornell, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, NIH and NSF have been engaged as well. We are currently collaborating with both CASRAI (the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information) and NISO in the development of the taxonomy.”

Access Innovations is proud to have been involved in this effort and we look forward to future collaborations along the way.

Melody K. Smith

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

New Possibilities for New Fun

August 21, 2014  
Posted in News, reference

Scrabble fans, rejoice. Five thousand words have been added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” released on August 11 from Merriam-Webster. The Register-Guard brought this exciting news to us in their article, “Scrabble dictionary update delivers players 5,000 new words.”

This comes after a decade of waiting for new additions. Entries in the book include texter, vlog, bromance, hashtag, dubstep, and selfie. However, the real gems come with the addition of te and three other two-letter words — da, gi and po. Just imagine the possibilities of paralleling words together with these additions.

To be included in the 36-year-old book in its fifth edition, a word must be found in a standard dictionary, can’t require capitalization, can’t have hyphens or apostrophes, and can’t be an abbreviation, in addition to being two to eight letters. Spell on, my friends, spell on.

Melody K. Smith

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

Squeezing Your Storage Space

August 21, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, storage

If your data is growing like everyone else’s, you are having a space issues. Maybe it is time to look to the clouds for unlimited space and other benefits. This interesting thought was found on Cloud Tweaks in their article, “The New Wave On The Cloud: Object Based Storage.”

Storage technology has progressed to handle object based storage better than ever before. Object based storage is beneficial for large companies, but this innovative technology is now being made available to small to mid-size companies trying to cope with growing data needs.

When it comes to storage, 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.

Open Access Journals Become Available

August 20, 2014  
Posted in indexing, News

The publisher Brill has announced a new suite of open access journals covering four major disciplines – Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Biology. These journals will offer a pure open access environment. Each journal will be divided in sections that align with the major subject areas in the discipline. Knowledge Speak brought this interesting news to us in their article, “Brill announces new suite of open access journals.”  Once accepted, papers will be published online in just one month.  The new Brill Open journals will open for submissions this August.

Each of the four new journals will have a dedicated editorial board and undergo the same peer review and uphold the same publication standards that Brill is known for. The journals are published on Brill’s existing books and journals platform and are online only. The content and metadata will be distributed as usual for indexing and discovery purposes.

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

Semantic Integration for Optimization

August 20, 2014  
Posted in News, semantic

fluid Operations has  released version 5.5 of Information Workbench and eCloudManager. Open PR brought this news to our attention in their article, “Superyacht PR & marketing.”

Information Workbench is the company’s flagship product. This semantic integration platform is for optimizing information, service and process lifecycle management. eCloudManager is an app for semantic data center and cloud management.

Comprehensive search is important for any document management system. It is so very important to choose a product that makes your content findable – easily and thoroughly. 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.

The Power of Data

August 20, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Former head of the National Security Agency (NSA) General Michael Hayden shared that information collected by the NSA about phone calls and other communications that does not include content can still tell the government all they need to know for strategic decisions. We got this news from ABC, but the famous line “We kill people based on metadata” is likely to follow many people for years to come. Hayden tried to clarify his remarks by stating it doesn’t apply to domestic metadata collection.

Information management for any type of business is critical. One key way to ensure success is through a solid taxonomy, based on standards, built by someone with years of experience in the field. 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.

The Strategy Behind Records Management

August 19, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

If experience teaches us anything, then Jill Singer’s recommended recipe for a successful federal records management process is worth the read. Her 27 years of federal service should make her recommendations worthwhile for any records management process, not just federal service project records management.

“I’ve watched the growth in federal records and the implementation of new executive orders and regulations aimed at improving records management across the federal space. Litigation, review and release, tracing factual evidence for analysis, managing information from difficult environments, and the many authorized and unauthorized disclosures of classified and sensitive information… it all poses huge challenges,” said Jill Singer, former Chief Information Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and deputy Chief Information Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Her recommendations hinge on three main principles: Capture on Creation, Manage and Secure through the Workflow, and Responsible Archival. This interesting information came from the blog Alfresco and their post titled, “Three Keys to Federal Records Management Success,” where you can read more details about her recommendations.

Melody K. Smith

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

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