Humanity in the Digital World

July 28, 2015  
Posted in News

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) is offering a unique and interesting learning experience. The NFAIS Humanities Roundtable 2015, sponsored by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and Quarles & Brady LLP, will take place Friday, October 2, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT.

This year’s theme, “Digital Humanities and Digital Publishing: Global Opportunities and Challenges,” will cover the range of disciplines in the humanities, including music, philosophy, language and linguistics, and much more.

The good news is that you can attend virtually. Registration information will be released shortly, but for now save the date.

If you plan to attend on-site, you can book your hotel registration at Club Quarters, Wacker at Michigan – Hotel before August 30 to secure preferred room rates. To register your room, call Club Quarters Member Services at 203-905-2100. When booking, identify yourself with the American Theological Library Association and use group code: ATL93O.

 

Semantic Technology Can Be the Best Choice

July 28, 2015  
Posted in indexing, News, semantic

Ontology Systems (“Ontology”) is working with the United Kingdom Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to apply their graph-data and semantic modeling platform, Ontology 4, as they pursue a solution that enables their team to analyze their data at a single point, regardless of its format or source. PR Newswire brought this information to our attention in their article, “UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Uses Ontology.”

The DECC is responsible for managing and overseeing sophisticated models of energy supply and consumption. Ontology Systems seeks to revolutionize how companies use their application data. Using graph-data and semantic modeling technology, Ontology makes sense of business data across the enterprise.

It is important to choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Semantic technology is no different. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

Standards in the Sky

July 27, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

What’s in a name? For Pluto, quite a lot. While NASA has been enthusiastic about seeing Pluto’s unique features for the first time, the terminology used to talk science has been interesting. This interesting information came to us from Sky & Telescope in their article, “(Unofficially) Naming Pluto.”

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is very precise about how they name planetary features. The scientists have been referring to some of the interesting features of Pluto’s equator as “the whale” and “the donut.” IAU shook their collective heads in rejection of the terms.

Similar to how biological beings are divided into kingdoms, classes, and species, so too are solar system features (along with stars and galaxies) grouped and classified. They are then named according to an overarching theme, sort of like naming a set of streets after presidents or states. For example, Martian craters are named after cities with populations less than 100,000.

Flexibility is important when it comes to developing a classification system. 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 Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.

Time for Camp

July 27, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Taxonomies can be powerful tools when developed properly and by professionals. This year’s Taxonomy Boot Camp is about highlighting taxonomy’s many faces and sharing practical solutions in different real-world environments.

Anyone can learn how taxonomies can help improve the user experience and dynamically publish web content and hear about large-scale metadata optimization projects and the role of taxonomy in harmonizing structured data.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn about all aspects of taxonomies, from enterprise taxonomies to ontologies, taxonomy tools, auto-classification, and everything in between. Taxonomy Boot Camp is the only conference dedicated to exploring the successes, challenges, methodologies and products for taxonomies.

This year’s boot camp is scheduled for November 2-3, 2015 in Washington D.C. Learn more and register today.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Tightening of Data Security

July 24, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Taxonomy

Security in technology and data is rapidly becoming a top priority, and rightly so. The massive hack of background check records at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently compromised the data of 21.5 million people. This interesting information came from USA Today in their article, “OPM says second hack affected more than 21M Americans.

As you can imagine, there is outrage and calling for heads to roll. “After today’s announcement, I have no confidence that the current leadership at OPM is able to take on the enormous task of repairing our national security,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Too much trust has been lost, and too much damage has been done. President Obama must take a strong stand against incompetence in his administration and instill new leadership at OPM.”

Data security is a concern for everyone. So is access to data. Finding the sweet spot between the two can be difficult. 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.

Increasing the Challenge

July 24, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Orchestrating the installation and implementation of a new or upgraded records management system anywhere is a large undertaking. When it involves jail management and effective law enforcement, it is more than a comprehensive job. Automated information systems are an absolute necessity for effective law enforcement. This unique and interesting information came to us from Corrections One in their article, “Detail is key when buying a prison records management system.”

All records management systems need a system of indexing to create findability. We know that indexing against a strong, standards-based taxonomy can ensure comprehensive search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant 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.

 

 

The Design of Standards

July 24, 2015  
Posted in News, Standards

There is a need for standards in everything. Now there is a world standard for capturing and conveying the knowledge that robots possess. This interesting subject came from Scientific Computing in their article, “Ontology for Automatons: Standard Knowledge for Robots.”

An ontology for automatons was crafted by a working group of 166 experts. The IEEE Standard for Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (IEEE P1872) is designed to simplify programming, and to extend the information processing and reasoning capabilities of robots.

“As technology advances, robots are growing in their capabilities and, someday, may become jacks of many — if not all — trades,” explains NIST engineer Craig Schlenoff, who chairs the IEEE working group that developed the standard. “They will work collaboratively with other robots and with humans. So, there will be — and, in fact, there already is — a need for clear, unambiguous communication.”

The new standard is a good start. It defines what a robot is in the scope of the standard, defines common concepts, and provides an organizational framework for succeeding efforts to develop for specific classes of robots.

Melody K. Smith

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

Document Management Can Be a Safety Net

July 23, 2015  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

Document management is essential for any organization, but none more than the medical industry. Documents and records serve as proof that your medical device company uses compliant document management practices when designing, developing, and manufacturing health industry products. Quality Digest brought this news to our attention in their article, “Top Three Document Management Tips for Medical Device Companies.”

The FDA and other regulatory officials are watching, and documentation gives you insurance that what you say happened, happened. So pay particular attention to the kinds of documented evidence you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve carried out the various quality management system activities according to planned arrangements.

A strong document management system integrates records management, which allows seamless compliance with records retention guidelines. Any records management system requires a system of indexing to create findability. We know that indexing against a strong, standards-based taxonomy can ensure comprehensive search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant taxonomies to produce such comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Expressing Culture in Coffee Classification

July 23, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

It is always interesting to me when I find taxonomies of interesting and unusual topics. Even if they aren’t true taxonomies, they are typically classifications of some form or another, and they provide information, which is, after all, the goal. The latest find: Gizmodo recently published “A Taxonomy Of Hip Coffee Shop Names.”

We have come a long way from Central Perk in the 1990s sitcom Friends. Though it is easily one of the strongest catalysts for the genre, the creativity applied to coffee shop names continue to amuse and amaze the masses.

This particular classification focuses on coffee shops in London, but I doubt that it is much different from any major American city.  It breaks the naming structure down by type, beans, brewing, socialism, and more. Everything from Dark Fluid to Milk Bath to Butter Beans.

There is value in classification. True taxonomies can help manage big data by providing a solid standards-based taxonomy to index against. The results are comprehensive and consistent search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies because of consistency.

Melody K. Smith

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

Search What?

July 23, 2015  
Posted in News, search, semantic

Semantic search isn’t new. We have all experienced it, whether we realized it at the time or not. Google continues to put more priority on it, and is indicating that it will influence rankings now and even more so in the future. This interesting topic came from eConsultancy in their article, “Semantic search: the future of search marketing?

Semantic search is the technology that the search engines employ to better understand the context of a search. In other words, engines such as Google want to better understand more than just the explicit meaning of a keyword typed into the search engine; they want to know in which context it is being used right now, so that they can serve up the most useful results at that very moment in time they are needed. Google’s Hummingbird update was all about bringing more context to the search queries by adding an extra layer to better understand these queries.

In other words, semantic search isn’t going anywhere, so you should learn more about it and take advantage of what it has to offer.

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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