Digitizing Microscopic Creatures

April 18, 2014  
Posted in indexing, News

A soil fauna collection is housed in the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Görlitz. As in many other natural history museums, the tiny creatures are embedded in a water-soluble medium and mounted on slides to be studied under a light microscope, described in minute detail, accurately identified and cataloged. But with this method, the specimens only have a limited lifespan, and entire collections are at risk.

The museum hopes to document the collection using light microscopy and “photographic focusing”. A project team intends to record and gather all the data and information relating to objects in the collection and make it available through an internet platform. Eureka Alert brought this news to our attention in their article, “New knowledge from old collections: DFG supports indexing and digitization of research-relevant objects.”

This ambitious project is utilizing digital transformation for the virtual preservation of three-dimensional microbial objects in scientific collections, and storing the data in databases. This enables researchers all over the world to exchange information on the microbes via the internet and to view relevant objects.

Melody K. Smith

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

Finding Solutions in the Clouds

April 18, 2014  
Posted in indexing, News, search

AirVault recently announced that Frontier Airlines has licensed the AirVault Records Management Solution as its new, web-based record management system for aircraft maintenance and business operations. This interesting information came from Geeks World in their article, ‘Frontier Airlines Chooses AirVault’ Cloud-Computing Records Management System  for Aircraft Maintenance and Business Operations.”

This will provide an innovative cloud-computing method to manage the airline’s aircraft maintenance records and supposedly increase efficiency for its growing fleet of Airbus A319s and A320s. The AirVault Cloud  Computing Service platform will manage other business records applications for the airline including finance, legal, and human resources.

It is so very important to choose a product that makes your content findable – easily and thoroughly. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies and associated rule bases for machine-assisted indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

Making All Content Findable

April 18, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search

In health care today, patient information is spread across multiple communities and technological systems. These systems often contain varying terminology platforms — from clinical to administrative to those based on standards or localized clinical concepts. This disparity must be addressed and normalized into a standard language to give it meaning. The Wall Street Journal brought us this news in their article, “Health Language Solutions Advance Semantic Interoperability with Data Normalization Capabilities.”

“The healthcare industry is dealing with a critical semantics challenge as the complexities associated with translating disparate clinical terms between health IT systems continue to obstruct interoperability and hinder widespread data sharing,” said Brian McDonald, Vice President, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “Health Language solutions enable payers, providers and vendors to unlock the value of their data, resulting in interoperable, industry-standard data for use in reporting, analytics, data warehousing and other enterprise applications.”

The key here is consistency, and what provides consistency? Standards. 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.

More Educational Opportunities

April 17, 2014  
Posted in News

We shared news with you earlier this week about a taxonomy learning opportunity at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference scheduled for June 2014 in Vancouver. There are other workshops being held that might be of interest and educational use to you.

One is Taxonomy Integration: Content Management, Navigation and Search. This advanced level workshop helps you make the leap past the basics and gain a deeper understanding of the role that taxonomies play in organizations. This is especially relevant to productivity applications like content management, web site navigation, and search.

Two other  workshops that you might find of interest are Future-Oriented Analytical Models and Digitization on a Shoestring.

Register for this and other workshops here.

Melody K. Smith

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

Thesaurus Software Directory Takes Up New Residence

April 17, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

It is difficult to find a list of taxonomy management software that is both comprehensive and up to date, yet not overwhelmed with related products and services. For a long time, perhaps the most comprehensive directory of taxonomy software was that of the British consultant Leonard Will, who has since retired. Considering the valuable and respected content, we at Access Innovations recognize our good fortune and huge responsibility of now hosting and maintaining the Willpower thesaurus software directory. The history of how this came to be can found in The Accidental Taxonomist blog post titled, “Taxonomy Software Directories.”

The core of TaxoBank‘s directory “Software for building and editing thesauri” at present is still essentially the same as the Willpower site, with some additions and changes here and there.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

 

 

Preserving Data

April 17, 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.

The Evolution of Science

April 16, 2014  
Posted in Autoindexing, indexing, News, Taxonomy

Science is all about evolution and that includes the library of science, specifically the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and their thesaurus. With more than 10,700 subject area terms, they use the thesaurus to index articles and provide useful links to related papers, enhanced search functions, and PLOS ONE – an e-journal platform with subject area browsing capability made possible by the PLOS thesaurus. This interesting information was found on the PLOS blog in the post titled, “Thesaurus evolution – a case study in “Synthetic biology.”

What happens if they decide to renovate a sector of the thesaurus to better reflect the make-up of the PLOS corpus? How does that affect the machine aided indexing? This very interesting blog post delves in deeper.

PLOS is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

The PLOS Thesaurus was built largely by Access Innovations, one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant thesauri and taxonomies to produce comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

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

Word Geeks Have a Say

April 16, 2014  
Posted in News, reference

I have confessed my geekness here before when it comes to Scrabble, Words with Friends, spelling bees, and words in general. This explains how intrigued I was to consider what word I would add to the dictionary. My mind raced with possibilities. Was there a word that used a Q, K and Z? Just think of the points that combination would add up to, and the relief of using all the “problem children” at once. This interesting topic was found on AL.com in their article, “What word would you add to the official Scrabble dictionary: Amazeballs? Bromance? Kwyjibo? (with glossary).”

Hasbro Game Night has issued a challenge on its Facebook page called Scrabble Word Showdown, asking players to nominate words. They are updating the Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time in nine years.

Fans were able to nominate their words and in the style of the NCAA Final Four eliminations – the final two were zen and geocache. Do you have a preference?

Melody K. Smith

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

Search – Tout de Suite

April 16, 2014  
Posted in News, search

A French search engine, Yatedo, has transformed its user experience by implementing CDNetworks’ Web Content Acceleration service. Based on their innovative technology, using semantics, phonetics, and a streamlined interface, Yatedo can distinguish between homonyms and present search results as profiles.

“The benefits were immediate; from the moment the service was activated, the average response time for static content went from 300 milliseconds to less than 20 milliseconds,” says François Pires, Infrastructure Manager at Yatedo.

The Financial Post brought this news to our attention in their article, “Yatedo Steps Up a Gear with CDNetworks.” With traffic rates upwards of five million unique visitors per month, primarily from the United States, Yatedo was experiencing recurrent slowdowns of information synchronization, and that wasn’t making users very happy. Pires commented, “Totaling six terabytes of traffic per month, this represented nearly 90% of our network load, so it was urgent that we find a solution.”

Melody K. Smith

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

Monetizing Knowledge

The fields of information science and economics have been expanding and overlapping for some time now. With the ever-increasing recognition of the value of knowledge organization systems (KOS), especially in the context of improved technologies and practices for them, it is time to look at them from the perspective of economics. This information came from a feature in ASIS&T’s April/May 2014 Bulletin by our own Marjorie Hlava titled, “Introduction: Economics of Knowledge Organization Systems.”

Indicative of this change are entirely new ways in which individuals and information systems generate, provide access to, and link information. In line with this change is a growing need to better integrate and leverage knowledge organization systems (KOSs). How does one measure the true value of successful information organization, navigation, and retrieval?

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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