Not the TEXAS You Would Think

October 21, 2014  
Posted in News, semantic

Though it is a little short notice, it seemed important to let you know of a workshop at the 2014 Conference on Empirical Methods on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) in Doha, Qatar, called “TEXAS: Taxonomy Extraction with Applications in Semantics” that may be of interest to those in the field.

The workshop addresses the importance of taxonomies in knowledge-based systems. Hierarchical structures provide valuable input in knowledge-intensive applications such as question answering and textual entailment and are useful tools for browsing and navigation of document collections, especially when applied for exploration and discovery. The TEXAS workshop aims to provide a venue for presenting and discussing approaches that evaluate taxonomy extraction.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Extensive Project Involves Über-Classification

October 21, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world’s most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens. This big data project will be used to prevent and tackle disease outbreaks around the globe. This interesting information came from Phys.org in their article, “Using ‘Big Data’ approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases.” The Enhanced Infectious Diseases (EID2) database has been developed by the Liverpool University Climate and Infectious Diseases of Animals (LUCINDA) team and is funded by a BBSRC Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund grant.

EID2 is using openly accessible information in a new way and thereby tracing the history of human and animal diseases to predict the effects of climate change on pathogens and in turn to produce maps showing which diseases are most likely in particular areas and to categorize the complex relationships between human and animal carriers and hosts of numerous pathogens. The project has far-reaching possibilities. It will be interesting to watch as it develops and evolves.

Melody K. Smith

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

Grants Available for Taxonomic Research

October 20, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) program at the University of Queensland provides grants to honors, master’s, and Ph.D. students for taxonomic research. Specifically, the ABRS program offers three-year research and postdoctoral fellowship grants for researchers whose primary aim is to undertake taxonomic research on the Australian biota or to develop products that aid in the dissemination of taxonomic information on the Australian biota.

They also offer capacity‑building grants for taxonomic and systematics research on Australian flora and fauna in the form of honors, master’s and Ph.D. awards.

The award value peaks at $90,000, which could be a huge help towards achieving a career milestone. There is still time left before the deadline of October 31, 2014 to apply. More details can be found here.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Data Collections

October 20, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world’s most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens. This big data project will be used to prevent and tackle disease outbreaks around the globe. This interesting information came from Phys.org in their article, “Using ‘Big Data’ approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases.” The Enhanced Infectious Diseases (EID2) database has been developed by the Liverpool University Climate and Infectious Diseases of Animals (LUCINDA) team and is funded by a BBSRC Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund grant.

EID2 is using openly accessible information in a new way and thereby tracing the history of human and animal diseases to predict the effects of climate change on pathogens. The project will be using these predictions to produce maps showing which diseases are most likely in particular areas and to categorize the complex relationships between human and animal carriers and hosts of numerous pathogens. The project has far-reaching possibilities. It will be interesting to watch as it develops and evolves.

Melody K. Smith

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

Taxonomy Classification of Internet Access

October 17, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy, Technology

An interesting classification scheme draft was posted on October 6 by the Internet Engineering Task Force. You can view it here. The Alternative Network Deployments Taxonomy and characterization draft deals with available technologies (including alternative ones for use in developing countries) for Internet access.

The document presents a taxonomy of alternative network deployments and a set of definitions and shared characteristics. The term itself includes a set of network models that have emerged in the past twenty or so years with the aim of bringing Internet connectivity to people.

It is definitely important to choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands, whether that is on your own servers or on the Internet via the clouds. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies, and 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.

Data Everywhere

October 17, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, storage

Data in every form, including digital and print, is growing at an exponential rate. According to the National Science Foundation, 90 percent of the data in existence today was created in the last two years. This interesting information was found on Federal News Radio in their article, “Data retention & records management.” The Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records, and initiatives such as the Open Data Policy, have begun to address this critical situation, but this is only the beginning.

In 2012, the Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records was issued. This is an unfunded mandate that targets 2019 as the year that federal agencies need to complete their transition to digital records. Some believe that the federal government has reached a critical tipping point in terms of records and information management. What options do the agencies have to position themselves for better management, governance, information access and transparency?

Melody K. Smith

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

Reviving the Past

October 17, 2014  
Posted in indexing, News, reference

Digitizing documents is a daunting task, especially when those documents are ancient. This information came from The Ancient World Online blog in their post, “Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece from Knowledge Unlatched.”

The first volume on antiquity to appear online in open access on the Knowledge Unlatched platform is now available. Published by De Gruyter, Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece explores the nature of oaths as Greeks perceived it, the ways in which they were used (and sometimes abused) in Greek life and literature, and their inherent binding power.

The important factor of digital indexing 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.

New Release Beefs Up Search Abilities

October 16, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, search

Nuix recently launched V. 6.0 of its search, e-discovery and analytics engine. This new version adds new data formats, languages and operating systems, as well as new ways to group and filter important data types. KMWorld brought this news to our attention in their article, “Data search and analytics from Nuix.”

They also added the ability to search and query live cybersecurity incident response investigations. New Document Navigator filters help to locate relevant information faster by grouping and interrogating important types of data across multiple sources.

Information being findable is the result of good indexing and comprehensive metatagging. Automated indexing is a comprehensive approach to making content 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.

Moving Away from the Book

October 16, 2014  
Posted in News, reference

When library design consultant Aaron Schmidt declared on Twitter that when creating logos and visual identity packages for libraries, he wanted no likenesses of books, it might have been an “aha” moment for many.

Those in the information and technology world understand that more data today exists digitally than ever before and aren’t unaware that there will likely come a time when it will only be digital. Libraries are changing from repositories for journals and books to engaged community centers that offer new services, not only respond to innovative research but helping to shape it. This information came from Inside Higher Ed in their article, “The Data-driven Library of the Future.”

If this is the case, that what is the motivation for people to visit libraries? Maybe the days of checking out a book is soon to be behind us, but libraries can offer places and services for discovery. They can become spaces full of physical and virtual tools that capture the imagination and enable new explorers.

Melody K. Smith

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

Comprehensive Search Features in New Release

October 16, 2014  
Posted in News, search

TopQuadrant has released Version 4.5 of TopBraid Suite, which is designed to simplify the development and management of standards-based, model-driven solutions for enterprise taxonomy and ontology management. This interesting news came from KMWorld in their article, “Semantic data integration from TopQuadrant.”

Version 4.5 includes enhancements to TopBraid Enterprise Vocabulary Network (TB-EVN), TopBraid Insight (TBI), and the TopBraid Platform.

New features of TopBraid EVN 4.5 include enhanced audit trails (changes resulting from import of files and comments are captured immediately upon saving) and improved search form. Searches on cardinalities, regular expressions, aggregates in the search counts, and charting of results are now enabled.

These features and others will help users who need to collaborate on defining and linking enterprise vocabularies, taxonomies, and metadata used for information sharing, data integration, and search.

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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