Learning Opportunity in Taxonomies

February 27, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

We always like to pass on training and learning opportunities as they come across our desk(top). The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) offers theoretical courses for students, technicians, and early career researchers involved in the field of taxonomy. The program is open to participants from both inside and outside of Europe.

The primary objective of this program is to provide future professionals with fundamental expert knowledge in taxonomy. The training curriculum targets such topics as codes of nomenclature, identification tools and methods, describing and illustrating species, collection conservation, phylogeny, and evolutionary biology.

The focus is primarily on biology taxonomies, but the concept and theory still applies. There are several courses still available. You can learn more and register here.

Melody K. Smith

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

2015 SBR Taxonomy Published

February 27, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Taxonomy

The Netherlands Standard Business Reporting (SBR) Program has published the first beta version (9.0.b.1) of the 2015 SBR Taxonomy 2015. This interesting information came to us from XBRL in their release, “Netherlands 2015 SBR Taxonomy Published.

SBR is the national standard for the digital exchange of all business reports. Together with organizations from the market, such as accountants, bookkeepers, software vendors and banks, the Dutch government developed SBR.

Along with the addition of inheritance tax declarations, a highlight of the new taxonomy is a simplification of the interface for filing statistical information. The publication of the final taxonomy will be December 2, 2015 and parties have until November 14, 2015 to comment.

The SBR effort in the Netherlands is modeling a great way forward in terms of cross-agency collaboration. Policy makers and regulators should watch and learn.

Melody K. Smith

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

Classifying Space Activity

February 26, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Classification takes on many different styles and approaches. For instance, these videos are a good example of sunspot classification brought to life in visual and yes, audio, if you count the 1980s techno background music. I was warned and feel obligated to do the same for you, monitor your sound when opening. This is a useful approach for the visual learner as it is something outside grids, spreadsheets, and outlines.

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.

Webinar Opportunity This Week

February 23, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

We always like to share learning opportunities with our readers. One upcoming webinar should be of interest. It’s titled, “5 Key Elements to a Successful Ecommerce Product Taxonomy.” This is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. (EST).

Nicholas Goupil, Product Marketing Manager for Informatica PIM and MDM, will be the host as Mark Leher from WAND will review five of the key elements that anybody with a product catalog should be thinking about to best organize the product data in their catalog. A brief demonstration of the WAND eCommerce Taxonomy will also be included.

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.

The End

February 20, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Building a solid taxonomy takes time, lots of time. However, a well-constructed and systematically applied taxonomy can unify all of the various assets, and in the process can itself become a valuable repository of institutional knowledge and a source of competitive advantage for the organization.

A taxonomy which includes all of the major terms and concepts of the disciplines addressed by the organization, one that is robust enough to include rules for disambiguating similar or closely related terms, with a systematic mechanism for acquiring, evaluating, and adding new terms, offers a number of potential applications.

However, remember that any comprehensive taxonomy is never finished. The best taxonomies are carefully managed, updated, and improved over time. This topic was inspired by the article, “Plant conservation now a passion for ‘dorky kid’“, found in Science Network. New plant species are being discovered in Western Australia at a rate greater than anywhere else in the world.

Melody K. Smith

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

The TaxoBook Reviewed

February 18, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) Knowledge Management Division recently reviewed the book, The Taxobook, written by our own Marjorie M.K. Hlava. Their observations and acknowledgments on the content, quality, and focus were in line with what the author intended. “I hope these books will contribute to a better understanding of the different ways taxonomies can be implemented and why information management professionals should embrace them,” said Hlava in the book’s release.

The reviewers were also quick to point out other attributes, i.e., “While each of the three parts comprising this work ends with a glossary, the distinguishing feature of Part 1 has to be the gorgeous, not to be missed illustrations.”

The books are available through Morgan & Claypool Publishers in either online or print format.

Melody K. Smith

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

Taxonomy of Snow

February 17, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

The irony of this particular post is not lost on me. Classifications of snow flakes and crystals while we are in the midst of a blizzard outside my window is just too much. Accumulative snow in Louisville, Kentucky is rare. Schools shut down with just the threat of a couple of inches, long before the white stuff actually begins to fall from the sky. Yesterday the weather service projected up to twelve inches for the bluegrass area, and the city has literally come to a screeching halt and the faceted crystals continue to fall.

As a child we are told that there are no two identical snowflakes. For reasons that elude even scientists, crystals take different shapes at different temperatures. Scientists do not know precisely how temperature and humidity affect growth.

Snow scientist Charles Knight at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado estimates that there are 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 water molecules in a typical snow crystal. “The way they can arrange themselves is almost infinite,” Gosnell said.”So, you know, nobody can say for absolute certain. But I think experts are in agreement the likelihood of two being identical is next to impossible.”

Melody K. Smith

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

On the Cusp of DHUG

February 16, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

This week will be the 11th Annual Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) meeting here in Albuquerque. It’s by far the biggest week of the year for Access Innovations as our clients come from all over the nation to meet and learn from the people who built the software and use it on a daily basis.

This is a “all hands on deck” meeting. Access Innovations staff will be present to answer questions, provide demonstrations, and give customer support for whatever your needs may be, all week long.

“Each year, this meeting provides our members an opportunity to share ideas and address issues and methodologies with colleagues,” said Access Innovations President Marjorie M.K. Hlava. “We enjoy talking with our clients and finding out what items are on their wish lists for future software developments, and the new releases reflect those requests.”

Attendees will learn how, why, and when taxonomies are used; how to start and maintain a taxonomy; and what resources are available for taxonomy development.

There will be daily reporting here on TaxoDiary, highlighting various presentations and speakers for those who can’t take notes fast enough or weren’t able to attend. One topic that is always a thread throughout presentations is subject matter experts (SMEs). These knowledgeable people are often used in the preparation of thesauri and taxonomies by providing key information and perspective.

If you have never attended DHUG before, take a moment to read Daryl Loomis’ article about what he is expecting as a first-timer.

See you there!

Melody K. Smith

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

Time for Camp

February 10, 2015  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

It is time to start thinking about taxonomies. Taxonomies are powerful tools used by a wide range of professionals, from marketers to data scientists, for solving diverse problems from navigation to product information management. At this year’s Taxonomy Boot Camp in Washington D.C. on November 2-3, 2015, the theme is “Sharing Solutions: Taxonomy Across Boundaries.”

To participate in Taxonomy Boot Camp as a possible speaker, or to suggest a speaker, please submit your proposal no later than March 27, 2015.

The conference is all about highlighting taxonomy’s many faces and sharing practical solutions in different real-world environments. Share your experiences, knowledge, and work with taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies, content labeling systems, and other mechanisms for organizing and classifying information.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.

Behavior Classified in Taxonomies

February 9, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Taxonomy

It is not uncommon to hear folks describe their supervisors as dysfunctional, but that is somewhat vague for describing behavior. Are they manic? Do they expect too much? Do they take credit for your work? The Washington Post brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “How dysfunctional is your boss?”

Researchers at the University of Louisville recently published a paper in which they addressed that question by creating a “taxonomy” of bad leadership. I use the term taxonomy loosely, but the classification is very interesting. The result was a four square chart that plots where your boss’s behavior actually lies on a scale from annoying to traumatic, and low to high dysfunction. The takeaway is helping employees form a response or action based on the behaviors a manager exhibits.

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.

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