Automation Solutions

October 28, 2014  
Posted in Autoindexing, indexing, metadata, News

A recent survey conducted by SOA Software indicates that a large percentage of biopharma companies are seeking metadata management technology solutions. Currently, only 10% of them actually have a technology solution in place. Sys-Con Media brought this news to our attention in their article, “Metadata Management is on the Rise in BioPharma.”

Many organizations are realizing that by automating the implementation of standards through effective metadata management, they can become more agile while reducing costs. It is important to choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. 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.

But No Rudolph

October 27, 2014  
Posted in News, search

An interesting find in the world of taxonomies today, Platter-saurus - a thesaurus of 20th century musical styles, artists, and titles. This thesaurus is available in a printed book format (limited quantities available) and CD-ROM, as well as online. The advantage of the book and CD-ROM is that you can explore musical categories and find artists and song titles you may not have heard of before or perhaps have forgotten.

However, the advantage of the website is that you can look up an inquiry and immediately research certain topics or find all the songs by a given artist or all the artists who have recorded any given song. The website contains a search engine and over 125,000 entries.

Take a look and you could learn things such as that the eight reindeer named in the song “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” were originally named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder (aka Dunder, Donner) & Blixem (aka Bliksem, Blitzen) in the poem it was based on. In later versions of the poem those names became Donner & Blitzen, the names used in Gene Autry’s vocal rendition.

Melody K. Smith

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

Classifying Risk

October 27, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

Gauging risks and hedging your bets is not just a necessary task by all organizations, but is a business unto itself. RiskBusiness International Limited claims to be 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.

Gathering Big Research Data

October 24, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, search

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) program is planned to consolidate a massive amount of scattered biomedical research data. It was recently announced that the program will include the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, which received a $9.2 million grant. The Times of San Diego brought this news to our attention in their articl.e, “Money Flows to UCSD for ‘Big Data’ Bio-Med Search Engine.”

The NIH announced that a dozen centers for data would be created around the United States. In addition to that exciting news, the Scripps Research Institute and the Scripps Translational Science Institute said they would take part in a center to be established at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

A UCSD-led team plans to develop a strategy for cataloging and indexing biomedical datasets. Dataset indexing is considered a vital step toward being able to build a searchable online digital library.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Power of Words

October 24, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Words intrigue me, inspire me, and encourage me to dig deeper into whatever I am working on at the moment. It started with Sunday school in my teens. When my teacher pointed out that a Hebrew word had more than one meaning and the scribe at the time took it upon himself (pretty safe gender guess) to choose the interpretation, all I had believed suddenly came to a screeching halt. Religion aside, the fact that one person’s choice of a meaning had so dramatically impacted the world humbled me. This topic was inspired by the article, “A thesaurus by any other name is still a thesaurus,” from the Powdersville Post.

From that point forward, I became a thesaurus nerd, reading and researching words synonymous with one another to add impact to my writing and tell my stories with more emotion, detail, and energy.

The fact that a word is similar or synonymous doesn’t always work well in a structured thesaurus or taxonomy. However, 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.

Melody K. Smith

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

A Different Approach for Some

October 24, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search, Taxonomy

Perspective is key, as we hear time and time again. How one person or group of people look at a situation is likely very different from those on the other side of the coin. This is true with taxonomies as well. Who builds them and the perspective they bring to the project is key to its success or failure. The Financial Times brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Where new ideas take root.”

What if the classification system of your products was determined not by the organizational structure of your organization but by the consumer’s perspective? An interesting scenario that could be played out in most situations. Often, the classification system tends to become so deeply ingrained that on a day-to-day basis we rarely question it. But maybe we should.

Melody K. Smith

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

All XBRL All Week

October 23, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

“XBRL week in Brussels” begins on November 24, 2014 and goes through November 27th. With a comprehensive agenda spanning those four days, it is a strong draw for anyone involved with Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), including experts in supervision/filing (including IT and accountants), project managers, solution providers, vendor representatives and consultants. To register for the Belgium conference, click here.

This is a huge topic and the end result is a powerful tool for all users. Metatagging is a very important part of building quality taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

Unique Opportunity in Munich

October 23, 2014  
Posted in News

The Society for Classical Studies is inviting applications for a one-year Fellowship from July 2015 through June 2016. The Fellowship will enable an American scholar to participate in the work of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Institute (TLL) in Munich.

The TLL offers the opportunity to develop a broadened perspective of the range and complexity of the Latin language and culture from the classical period through the early Middle Ages, as well as contribute signed articles to the Thesaurus and participate in a collaborative international research project in a collegial environment.

If you are interested, the Fellowship carries a stipend in the amount of $50,400, and is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before leaving for Munich, fellows receive up to $1,850 in additional funds to support training in Latin lexicography and (if necessary) German. Learn more here.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Power of Metadata

October 23, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

The publishing industry has long been reliant on digital information to sell books in all formats. More and more, publishers are considering the tools they use to manage the publishing process. Their challenges include inefficient tools, often requiring replication of work to process what is essentially the same data for different uses.

BooksoniX is one option that offers a solution. The BooksoniX platform facilitates accurate data dissemination and provides options for creating marketing materials, managing the publication process, and feeding websites.

As representatives from practically the entire book publishing industry gathered at the Frankfurt Book Fair, earlier this month, BooksoniX and other publishing solutions, trends, and fields of business were showcased. Each year, the book fair is a good place to learn more about useful products for the publishing industry.

Melody K. Smith

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

Learn More About Taxonomies

October 22, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Whether you are a Heather Hedden groupie or just a taxonomist looking to enhance your skillset, this workshop might be up your alley. Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science is featuring The Accidental Taxonomist herself in a workshop titled, “Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies“. Two five-week workshop series, one starting in January 2015 and the other in March 2015, will take you through best practices for how to create terms, relationships, and variants for different kinds of taxonomies or controlled vocabularies. You will also be introduced to different software tools.

Whether you need to create a taxonomy to organize information on a web site, classify information in a content management system, establish a controlled vocabulary for a periodical or database indexing project, or simply understand how to use them better, this workshop will get you on your way.

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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