Intro to Taxonomies – Learning Opportunity

April 15, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

Learn from professionals with decades of experience all while enjoying the Canadian hospitality in beautiful Vancouver. The “Introduction to Taxonomies” all day workshop features our own Marjorie Hlava and Bob Kasenchak, and is part of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference in Vancouver, June 6-10, 2014. The SLA Annual Conference is an excellent international venue for learning new ideas and identifying information trends.

The workshop introduces participants to the basic methodologies and techniques for taxonomy development, as well as providing an overview of taxonomy standards and their application in search, web sites, publishing, retail and e-commerce, records management, and other organizational needs. After learning about the principles and core standards of controlled vocabularies, participants will explore key concepts of taxonomies, thesauri, indexing, classification, and filtering. Discussion will include the basics of a taxonomy record and fundamental term relationships. Attendees will put concepts into practice through multiple exercises, including creating a simple taxonomy.

Register for the workshop here.

Melody K. Smith

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

Evolution of Searching

April 15, 2014  
Posted in News, search, semantic

Do the current methods of searching the Internet actually have an expiration date? The scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believe that just may be the case. Their goal is to revolutionize the discovery, organization, and presentation of results. Network World brought this news to us in their article, “DARPA seeks the Holy Grail of search engines.”

DARPA’s Memex program is designed to develop software that will enable domain-specific indexing of public web content and domain-specific search capabilities. The technologies developed in the program will also provide the mechanisms for content discovery, information extraction, information retrieval, user collaboration, and other areas needed to address distributed aggregation, analysis, and presentation of web content.

Semantic technology continues to grow and expand its uses. Search is just one of those. Access Innovations, developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system, specializes in complex coding, tagging, and indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

Approach with Consistency

April 14, 2014  
Posted in News, Standards, Taxonomy

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recently announced the publication of a revision to the Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2014). The original recommended practice, which was issued in 2010, provided all parties in the information supply chain with straightforward guidance about metadata formatting­.

The revision includes the more granular, complex issues that cause problems in metadata supply, including consortia-specific metadata and metadata transfer for open access publications, e-books, and conference proceedings. More information is available on the NISO website. NISO is a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) that identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and  ever-more digital environment.

To provide quality taxonomy development services, it has never been more important to approach knowledge organization based on accepted and shared standards. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies that can help you generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

Open Mobile Applications

April 14, 2014  
Posted in News, Technology

Open source native software libraries for Android and iOS have been released by Cloudant for developers to manage and replicate mobile application data on phones, tablets, and other occasionally connected devices. Dr. Dobbs brought this our direction in their article, “Cloudant Eyes “Occasionally” Connected Devices.” Both libraries are also API-compatible with Apache CouchDB.

This move is all about giving mobile developers the freedom to build offline access into their applications. The software libraries provide a simplified API with a device-local database indexing and query layer that supposedly matches the expectations of mobile developers more closely than cloud database semantics.

This is an interesting move, and one worth watching to see if it is a trend among mobile users.

Melody K. Smith

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

Three Librarians Walk Into a Casino

April 11, 2014  
Posted in News, reference

If you are still on the fence about whether to attend the American Libraries Association (ALA) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this summer, this bit of news might help you make your decision. There will be a special performance by the Oxford Commas, a band composed of librarians and university press editors who are dedicated to raising the grammatical standard in popular music. The set list will include such favorites as: Whom Do You Love?, You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet, and Two Out of Three Is Not Bad.

Conference information and registration can be found here.

I know what you are thinking. A bunch of librarians in Las Vegas? Pretty wild and crazy, but don’t worry – with guest speakers like B.J. Novak and Jane Fonda, they should tone it down below the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” level.

Melody K. Smith

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

Preservation and Digital

April 11, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

India’s Ministry of Communications and IT has announced the Standard for Preservation Information Documentation of Electronic Records. This move to standardize the preservation of digital records across government agencies will ensure that electronic records are produced in a preservable manner. This interesting information came from Future Gov in their article, “India develops standards for digital preservation of records.”

“The standard forms the foundation for the introduction of Electronic Records Management as part of e-governance in India and defines the paradigm for creating trusted digital repositories for digital preservation,” shared Dr. Dinesh Katre, Associate Director and Head of Department – Human-Centred Design and Computing Group at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

Considering the vast amount of data available, both digital and non-digital, the benefits to going digital go beyond access and findability. It is about preservation.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Difference in the Data

April 11, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Data management and archiving are key factors for businesses. This isn’t new news. However, terms like backup, archiving, and records management get used interchangeably so much that it is easy to forget that they are not the same thing. This interesting perspective came from News Africa in their article, “Backup, archiving and records management – different solutions for different challenges.”

While all three are important, they are very different and not handled by the same technology. Each of these data challenges requires a specific solution to perform specific functions, ensuring that data is not only available and preserved, but also easily managed.

Defining these terms and resolving the issues of storage is one thing. Additionally, when you are dealing with metadata and processes, it seems like standards should be utilized to ensure findability and security.

Melody K. Smith

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

Embracing Knowledge Management

April 10, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

KM Institute (KMI) just offered its first Certified Knowledge Specialist (CKS) 4-day class this week in Reston, VA. Why are we talking about something that has already happened? The CKS is a new Certification by KMI designed to take a sharper focus on a specific knowledge management-related topic. In this case, the focus was on Taxonomy and Search Solutions. This interesting news came from Digital Journal in their article, “KM Institute to Debut Its First “Certified Knowledge Specialist” Program in  Taxonomy and Search Solutions.”

Mr. Zach Wahl, President of Enterprise Search, facilitated the 2-day portion of the CKS that covers taxonomy  in depth, called the “Master Class.”  This expansion of curriculum and exploration of new and important topics in the world of knowledge management will prove value to those seeking certification.

Melody K. Smith

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

Good Strategy for Records Management

April 10, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

One blog author has shared her thoughts and recommended recipe for a successful federal records management process after 27 years of federal service. Her recommendations would apply to any records management process; they aren’t limited to a federal service project.

“I’ve watched the growth in federal records and the implementation of new executive orders and regulations aimed at improving records management across the federal space. Litigation, review and release, tracing factual evidence for analysis, managing information from difficult environments, and the many authorized and unauthorized disclosures of classified and sensitive information… it all poses huge challenges,” said Jill Singer, former Chief Information Officer for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and deputy Chief Information Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Her recommendations hinge on three main principles: Capture on Creation, Manage and Secure through the Workflow, and Responsible Archival. This interesting information came from the blog Alfresco and their post titled, “Three Keys to Federal Records Management Success,” where you can read more details about her recommendations.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Key to Records Management

April 10, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

Effective records management training is important to reduce errors and access/use organized information effectively. Most organizations know this, including the Bahamian government. The Ministry of the Public Service and its Public Service Centre for Human Resource Development recently held a Records Management Training Workshop in response to a mandate to train clerical officers and supervisors in records management throughout the public service. The overall objective is to provide practical exposure to senior officers and supervisors. This interesting news came from Bahamas Tribune 242 in their article, “Training Session Aims To Improve Efficiency And Reduce Errors.”

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 comprehensive results.

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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