Terminology of Days Gone By

October 1, 2014  
Posted in News

A peek into the past is what David Crystal’s book Words in Time and Place provides its readers. The book explores the language and terminology of days gone by, using the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary as the source. The author delves into the history of fifteen fascinating sets of words: words for dying, for nose, for being drunk; for a meal, a privy, a fool; words of endearment and oaths; words for inns, prostitutes, money, weather, spacecraft; and more. The Oxford University Press brought this information to our attention in their release, “Announcing the publication of Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, by David Crystal.”

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary was published in 2009 and was the first comprehensive thesaurus in the world to arrange words by meaning in order of first recorded use. It includes 800,000 words and meanings, in 235,000 entry categories. Despite its length, it is very fascinating to read.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

 

Understanding Big Data

October 1, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, Taxonomy

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Big Data Working Group recently released the Big Data Taxonomy Report, a report to help decision makers understand and navigate the myriad choices within the big data designation. This interesting news came from ABC-27 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in their article, “Cloud Security Alliance Releases New Big Data Taxonomy Report.”

There are those that would argue it isn’t a true taxonomy, but if it is helpful in understanding big data, then it is still useful. This is a case of a taxonomy created for the purpose of conveying understanding of a knowledge domain. And it certainly needs some understanding. Every day, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created. Did you know that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone? The issues of storing, computing, security, privacy, and analytics are all magnified by the velocity, volume, and variety of big data. So all the help it can get is appreciated.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

 

The Ins and Outs of Researcher and Contributor Data

October 1, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Making content findable to users, researchers, professionals, academics, etc., is a common goal. The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) organization launched its registry in October 2012 for this exact reason. Now they are on track to reach 1 million registrations at their two-year anniversary this month. With over 150 members, almost half from academic or government research institutes, and one-quarter from the publishing sector, they are enabling research data exchange interoperability through integration of identifiers into research data systems and workflows. This topic was inspired by the article, “Interview with Laurel Haak of ORCID: Supporting the Efforts with Membership and Integration,” found on The Scholarly Kitchen.

As online publishing platforms and their content assets have grown, and as researchers have proliferated, so have the problems resulting from multiple authors with similar or identical names, and from the many individual authors who have gone by various names. Similarly, specification of author affiliations has become difficult, because of the variety of names that any given institution may have gone through by this point in history. Semantic enrichment techniques that identify authors and institutions now need to rise to the challenge.

With the rise of ORCID and other universal databases of researchers and institutions, it is increasingly crucial for publishers to sort out their own data containing named entities.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

 

 

Taxonomists and Social Media

September 30, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

The increase in social media content offers everyone new challenges and opportunities. That is no different for taxonomists. Now they can define their own terms and hashtags as a basis for findability. This is the epitome of content tagging.

Taxonomy Boot Camp is addressing this very issue in November.  With sessions like “Selling Sameness in an Era of Exceptionalism”, “Taxonomy & Social Media: New Types & Uses for Social Taxonomies”, “Integrating Multimedia/Multilingual Content Through Taxonomy”, and “You’re It, and That’s Awesome: Gamified Content Tagging” on the roster, it should be a great learning experience for those looking to go beyond the traditional controlled vocabulary approach for findability.

Find detailed descriptions of each of these sessions, plus other sessions you may be interested in, here. Hope to see you in Washington D.C. next month.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Making Search Comprehensive

September 30, 2014  
Posted in News, search, 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.

Indexing in Mass

September 30, 2014  
Posted in indexing, 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.

Automation At Its Best

September 29, 2014  
Posted in Autoindexing, News, Taxonomy

Just using the word “auto” alludes to something that happens without effort. So however helpful auto-classification or auto-indexing is to the world of making content findable, it is important to remember that there is a massive amount of work being down prior and in the background to make the “auto” be auto. This interesting topic came from the blog post, “Jet Packs, Cars That Drive Themselves, and Autoclassification” from Earley & Associates.

I cringe every time I hear someone blame something on a computer and lament how much worse our lives are because of them. I admit this normally comes from my parents, but stand in any department store checkout and you will hear it as well. I want to remind these people that a computer only does what a human has programmed it to do. Auto-classification technology provides stellar performance when applied in the correct environments and given enough context.

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.

It Is For the Birds

September 29, 2014  
Posted in indexing, News, Taxonomy

We talk a lot about taxonomy in the realm of indexing organizational information against a solid and strong taxonomy built within standards so that content is found easily. It is easy sometimes to forget that taxonomy originated with science. Classification of animals, plants, and other organisms into appropriate categories for easy reference. eBird maintains a traditional genus-species kind of taxonomy, except for the part about being online and searchable.

eBird’s goal is to maximize the accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. By amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. eBird was launched in 2002 by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Melody K. Smith

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

Pack ‘em Up

September 26, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

Are you ready for boot camp? Have you all your tools and gear packed and ready to learn? The Taxonomy Boot Camp is scheduled for November 4-5, 2014 in Washington D.C. as a precursor to the Enterprise Search & Discovery 2014 conference that we told you about earlier this week.

The first day of Taxonomy Boot Camp features a track for those who are already well-versed in the fundamentals of taxonomy or who would like to learn how professionals have made their organizations more successful through better use of taxonomies. Leading the list of workshops is our own Marjorie Hlava with “So You Have a Taxonomy – Now What?”

Others include “Manual & Automatic Subject Tagging in PLOS” with Helen Atkins, Director, Publishing Services, Public Library of Science, and “Implementing a Taxonomy for the Common Core” with Raj Cary, VP of Technology/Architecture, Triumph Learning.

See all the options and register here. See you in D.C.!

Melody K. Smith

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

 

 

 

Likemindedness Leads Classification

September 26, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Gauging risks and hedging your bets is not just a necessary task by all organizations, but is a business unto itself. RiskBusiness International Limited is the leading international operational risk advisory and solutions firm. They recently released a new risk classification taxonomy. This interesting topic came to us from the blog Bob’s Guide, in the post, “RiskBusiness releases new risk taxonomy.”

The company has a history of winning industry awards for the various iterations of governance, risk, and compliance classification taxonomies that it has created over the past decade. The new RiskBusiness taxonomy reflects some major changes from previous taxonomies. The true differentiation comes with an easier classification, with risks grouped intuitively on reports. This kind of intuitively understood grouping is a standard feature of many classification systems, as well as a necessity, as the terms are like insider baseball language and not intuitive in themselves at all.

Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the taxonomy subject area. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations 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.

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