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.

English and Latin in the Plant Taxonomy World

October 14, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

The International Botanical Congress decided in 2011 that the future of plant nomenclature would be published electronically and named using English. In April of this year in PhytoKeys, Christina Flann from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Nicholas Turland of the Botanic Garden and Botanic Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Germany, and Anna Monro of the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research in Canberra described the weeklong deliberations that went into this decision. This interesting news was brought to our attention by The Scientist in their article, “Deciding to Ditch Latin.”

Delegate Peter Wilson of Australia told the group he “believed that English now occupied a place in scientific communication that Latin occupied in Linnaeus’s day,” according to the authors.

The International Botanical Congress’s decision was a big change for the botanical world. Makes one wonder to what extent non-biological taxonomies will be predominantly English, or whether they already are.

Melody K. Smith

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

Next Page »