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.

Taxonomy in the Future

October 14, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

Some people earn better when they are hands-on with a project. If that is the case for you, then this interesting and humorous exercise from The Biology Corner just might interest you. Projected into year 2525, it takes you through the projected and hypothetical plants and organisms that could exist after 500 years of evolution. The Taxonomy Project asks you to classify these organisms. This just might be an attempt to teach the principles of biological taxonomy from a different perspective. Or it might just be a diversion exercise. Either way, it is interesting.

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. If you are looking for a assistance, you 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.

The Value of Taxonomies

October 14, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy

EBSCO Information Service and Infotrieve have joined efforts to combine their search, content access, rights management and document delivery in a single platform. This new information came to us from KMWorld in their article, “EBSCO and Infotrieve Partner.”

Customers will be able to use Infotrieve’s Mobile Library as their e-content access and management platform while using the search and extensive metadata from EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

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.

Melody K. Smith

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

Difference is Appreciated

October 10, 2014  
Posted in indexing, News, Taxonomy

My mother is full of musings and witticisms. I should start my own blog just listing them but hence, no time. However, one of her favorite sayings especially when I was in my teen years and wanting everything everyone else had, was “Imagine how boring this world would be if we were all the same.” Now in my forty-something years, I see the wisdom and truth in those words. I admire uniqueness and sometimes stubbornness in others and myself. I don’t want to be like everyone else. I like being the unique being that is me.

It isn’t much different in the world of science and taxonomy. Different people have different opinions. Just look at the world of woodpeckers (beyond Woody). There are several lists of birds out there, and no sign that things will be agreed upon and coordinated in the near future. This is true in other species as well. This interesting information came from the blog, Woodpeckers of the World, ” and their post, “Woodpecker Taxonomy.”

As in life and in taxonomy, the debates go on.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Unlocking the Classification of Plants

October 10, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

Linnaeus originally began designing and developing his taxonomic system by studying and classifying plants. This is the core, the foundation of the science and art of taxonomies today. This information came from the obscure, but interesting blog, tingilinde, in their post, “taxonomy.”

For more than a century, taxonomic information was locked away in a variety of dusty journals in vast libraries, where most people could not find or access it. Science didn’t stop progressing in this time, in fact it has been moving forward at a growing rate, which makes it important to be able to rapidly access this information.

In an effort to provide a solution, the people in charge of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have created a global online resource that catalogs the taxonomy of monocot plants. This resource, eMonocot, unlocks biodiversity data for the monocots for the first time so that anyone — whether a senior-level researcher or a student writing a school report — can access the latest tools for identification and descriptions as well as up-to-date checklists, along with links to other resources.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

 

Look to the Professionals

October 9, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search, Taxonomy

Concept Searching is addressing the business and technology challenges of migration, security, records management, and information governance through its add-on software to its already existing Smart Content Framework. conceptTaxonomyWorkflow serves as a strategic tool, managing enterprise metadata to drive business processes at both the operational and tactical levels. PRWeb brought this news to us in their article, “Concept Searching Taxonomy Workflow Tool solving Migration, Security, and Records Management Challenges.”

By providing administrators with the ability to independently manage access, information, information rights, and policy within the respective business units and functional areas, they eliminate the need for IT support or access to enterprise-wide servers.

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.

Next Page »