Taxonomy of Horrors

October 31, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured, Taxonomy

One of the biggest questions floating around every year in October is this: “What movies will you watch this month?”—or some derivative of that. All the major networks play their own hand-picked list of 25-50 “horror” movies all month long. Farms open their doors to a public that can roam around haunted barns and mazes; even the malls host their very own haunted houses (generally not advised for children). Many of these attractions are partly or fully inspired by horror films that over the generations have become staples every October.

So, what movies are you watching this month? Are you a fan of the black and white films with beautiful stars and horrible creatures? Or perhaps your taste is more modern, going for the iconic slashers from the 1980s and 1990s. Do you get more of a thrill from the horror movies that make you re-evaluate everything you thought you knew?

In the event that instead of being curled up on your couch, you and your friends are sharing the horror experience with a room full of strangers, how do you decide which films to spend your money on?

If you need some advice this Halloween, our Taxonomy of Horrors might be just the thing.

How do you choose what movies to watch with your friends late at night, curled up on the couch with a handful of popcorn stretched halfway to your open mouth? The list of horror films grows constantly, and it seems every October, new films are released into the wild jungle of the movie theaters.  Our Horror Film Aficionados have exhaustively included everything scary under the sun (though not including the sun, sorry for all you solarphobes).

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Maybe where the horror takes place is something that grabs you. Remote lakes or foggy forests after midnight are popular stages for terror and mystery—and of course, the abandoned cabin in the middle of the forest, sitting next to a lake is the ultimate spot for devious deeds. Old homes with history attached, basements below, and attics above should not be overlooked, either.

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What creature scares you most? The person that cannot gaze upon a full moon without growing hair and ferocious canine claws surely raises the hair on the back of some people’s necks, and yet others find that the monsters of reality bring on the true fear. The psychopath that kills because of his troubled past or out of a twisted sense of morality forces some people to bolt the door and sleep with the lights on, and others still will cover their eyes when ghosts make a subtle appearance in the corner of the television screen.

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Horror films come in all flavors—and levels of blood and gore—and it’s impossible to say which type will scare a person the most. Perhaps though, true horror is not always necessary. Perhaps revisiting films that scared us as children or that we even find funny is the goal. After all, Halloween should be about respecting our darker sides and enjoying our time with friends and family.

Oh, and eating tons of candy. Tons. Happy Halloween!

Daryl Loomis and Samantha Lewis
Access Innovations

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.

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.

Classifying Men?

October 22, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

I am still surprised at the variety of taxonomies I find, and I typically find them in the oddest places. The latest one came from ECNS in their article, “Male outcast taxonomy.” Though not a true taxonomy, its classification efforts are as unique as the topic.

Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the taxonomy 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. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. 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.

Classifying Similarities

October 21, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

What do legal jurisdictions and leprechauns have in common? More than one might think. In the world of classification, words like extinct and endangered could be applied to both and many more genres. This interesting topic came from the law magazine, Slaw, in their article, “Of Unicorns and Leprechauns: Applying the Threatened Species Taxonomy to Administrative Law.”

The depth and the variety of subjects is a perfect illustration of why organizations need a content management system that accommodates multiple descriptors/keywords/subject terms/whatever from a taxonomy or thesaurus. 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.

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.

 

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.

Life Goes On

October 15, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

After all these years, decades, and centuries of scientific investigation, new living organisms are still being discovered and identified. The hope that new life brings as other animal species are becoming extinct brings hope. At least twelve new species of butterflies/moths have been identified just this month.

This may not be the normal news story we report on daily, but it certainly falls into the world and art of taxonomies. We found this news on Butterflies and Moths of North America. Taxonomy is the science of classification, and in this case, of organisms in an ordered system that indicates natural relationships.

To achieve quality taxonomies that enable findability, 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.

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