Thumbing Through Thesauri

April 14, 2015  
Posted in News, reference

The International Labour Organization (ILO) makes available a number of excellent resources in the field of occupational safety and health. This interesting information came from the blog, From Words to Deeds, in their post, “ILO glossary, thesaurus & legislation database.

It is nice to know that resources of this kind are available for those seeking this information. One of the resources includes a glossary that includes terms in English, French, German, Russian and Spanish.

The important thing to remember is ensuring that thesauri have findability. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies that practice ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliancy.

Melody K. Smith

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

Resume Enlightenment

April 14, 2015  
Posted in News, semantic

Searching for a new job is stressful enough these days. You work hard to make your resume informative without being too verbose, precise without drowning in detail, and interesting without sounding trite. After all that hard work, you learn that computer software is reading and profiling your resume long before a human ever lays eyes on it – if they ever do. This interesting information came from Money Talks in their article, “The Key To Getting Your Resume Noticed.”

Employers and recruiters are turning to applicant tracking systems to help them sort, filter out, and keep track of the overwhelming number of applications they now receive for every job position advertised. The downside of this is that a machine will most likely read your resume first. It could get rejected purely because the software can’t read it properly, due to formatting errors or confusing wording.

There are tips to help applicants design and write their resumes and cover letters to work with the system instead of against it in the article. The one that jumped out at me was “Don’t copy-paste from a Word document.” Word embeds invisible formatting code into your text, and that code can render your resume unreadable.

Gulp.

Melody K. Smith

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

Finding Data in No-Standards Indexing

April 13, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Standards, Taxonomy

For the average reader, details like hyphens may seem irrelevant to the content and overall message. But those in the taxonomy field understand all too well how important details can be in classifying data and retrieving it easily. Making content findable is the name of the game. This interesting information came from jboyd.net the post, “Aves—A Taxonomy in Flux.”

The author talks about stylistic considerations, which in some circles is like talking about politics. No one will ever agree on one method. For example, gray vs. grey or hyphens to break up words for scanning efficiency. We just have to accept the fact that they will not always look the same, but they will be pronounced the same.

The International Ornithological Congress (IOC) maintains the IOC World Bird List and they are a good example of having accommodations for the English names of birds. This approach extends beyond the world of birds.

Melody K. Smith

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

Tools for the Trade

April 13, 2015  
Posted in News, reference

I am a writer. I write a variety of content. Writing for TaxoDiary is just one avenue where my words take shape. I also write about employee engagement, communications, healthcare billing, medical coding, human resources, and when time allows, I splurge with some good ole fiction writing to spur the creative juices. I say all this to provide context as to why having a new variety of theasauri truly excites me.

The bookstore on Writers Helping Writers is like a candy store for me. A thesaurus for emotions? Yes, please. A thesaurus for positive traits? And another for negative traits? Thank you, yes.

As you can tell, there is no suppressed indifference to my knowledge of these books’ existence. In fact, I am giddy with excitement or should I say, I have enthusiasm for what is to come.

Melody K. Smith

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

New Language, New Data

April 10, 2015  
Posted in News, semantic, Technology

A new data science system for unstructured data is specifically designed to help businesses uncover insight to drive performance and growth. The Sensai platform is designed to incorporate its new language, dubbed Content Description Language (CDL), atop an in-memory platform. DATAVERSITY brought this news to us in their article, “A New Take in a Data Science Platform for the Unstructured Data World.”

CDL is a linguistic data flow language that users can leverage to investigate unstructured data in hundreds of data sources. The company continuously evaluates new data sources, reference lists, and machine learning algorithms to include in CDL, making what it deems to be the best new AI algorithms available to users.

Semantic technology and new artificial intelligence language continue to evolve and be used in a variety of applications. It has never been more important to have someone with the expertise and knowledge handling your content, developing your taxonomies, and making your information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

More Open Access Journals

April 10, 2015  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

The Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS) has an overall focus on the care and exhibition of collection items. The scope thus includes conservation science, artefact studies, restoration, museum studies, environment studies, collection management, and curation. This interesting information came from The Ancient World Online in their blog post, “Open Access Monograph Series: Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies Special Collections.” Those responsible for cataloging information, especially in museums, might find this of interest as well.

Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the subject area. 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.

Is Data Value Based on Size?

April 10, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Does the size of data really make a difference? Some definitions of small data involve the specific end-user relevance of big data applications. Some consider it the opposite of big data, i.e., transactional data. All data is valuable and contains the same potential for analytics. This interesting perspective came from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Starting Small with Big Data.”

For some enterprises, data analytics can be intimidating, but it is a refined discipline that delivers tangible insights. Natural language processing can help. Business users can ask the right questions and get results in terms familiar to their business, terms that can be read and understood or interacted with. By eliminating the complexity of a solutions-based approach, customers have greater findability and better results. 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 thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Capturing the Data

April 9, 2015  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

ZL Unified Archive is being used by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for records and information management of government unstructured data as part of a solution provided by Unisys Corp. to transition NARA to a cloud-based email and collaboration solution. Market Wired brought this news to our attention in their article, “National Archives and Records Administration Leverages ZL Unified Archive® for Records Management.”

ZL is known for providing unstructured big data archiving and governance for large enterprises, so meeting the security and scale demands of a government agency seems in line.

In an effort to comply with the Presidential Memorandum – Managing Government Records, NARA required the scalability to handle storage needs of extensive data volumes, while also demonstrating full compliance with federal records management statutes and regulations.

How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Capturing the data is only part of the project. 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.

The Privacy Sacrifice

April 9, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Australia has passed a controversial security law that will require its internet and mobile phone providers to store customer data for two years. This much contested government bill got Senate approval by 43 votes to 16, with the support of the opposition Labor party. BBC brought this much-talked about news to our attention in their article, “Australia passes controversial new metadata 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 – that it doesn’t include the content of an email or telephone call.

Many worry that this law will set a precedent that will be replicated in other parts of the world. Others wonder how this will be implemented and what measures are already being taken to circumvent the process. And the ultimate question – will the risk to privacy and the cost of implementing this scheme make us safer?

Melody K. Smith

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

Taking Stock

April 9, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Secretary of State John Kerry recently requested a review of all efforts underway to improve records management within the State Department. WPTZ brought this topic to us in their article, “John Kerry seeks review of records management.”

Kerry asked Inspector General Steve Linick to look into whether additional improvements could be made to the way the department manages its voluminous set of records, including archiving of emails, and how it responds to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act and inquiries from Congress.

With over 18,000 requests per year under the Freedom of Information of Act alone, Kerry referred to the significant strain these requests place on existing resources. This growth adds pressure to make records management very complicated and unsustainable.

One way to ensure findability, even with big data issues, is through a taxonomy. A standards-based taxonomy can help you provides clear order to your data, which enables comprehensive search results. Standards are key to a solid taxonomy and comprehensive indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

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