Science and Fiction

October 13, 2014  
Posted in News, Technology

Science and science fiction continue to cross paths as technology continues to advance. Warp drive and transporters are not that far away, at least in the world of light years. This interesting information came from CNET in their article, “Scientists make quantum leap, teleport data from light to matter.”

In the confusing, crazy world of quantum physics, researchers teleport data an unprecedented distance, so how soon until it becomes a solid object and not digital? Progress comes from a research team out of the lab of Professor Nicolas Gisin in the physics department at the University of Geneva. The team achieved teleportation of the quantum state of a photon. This marks the latest success in a series of experiments that the group, led by physicist Félix Bussières, has been conducting over the last decade in an effort to better understand quantum data transfer with ever-newer technology.

This is getting deeper into science and technology than we normally dive here on TaxoDiary, but it is a great example of how technology is changing each and every day in exciting ways. Ways that have the potential to change lives. That excites me, if that weren’t already obvious.

Melody K. Smith

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

E-Books and the Evolution of Publishing

September 8, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured, reference, Technology

Not that long ago, getting published was the big hurdle for a writer to overcome. You could produce all you wanted, but unless you knew how to get somebody to read your random submission, or you were rich enough to self-publish, your writing lived in a drawer, waiting for you to give it to a friend who doesn’t want to read it.

It’s hard to believe how fast technology has opened publishing up to people. Now, anyone with an opinion has a platform, and while it’s as tough as ever to make a living writing, the platform, in many cases, is totally free. So that changes the hurdle from publication to recognition. If everybody has a voice, how do you get heard?

This isn’t just a question of red-hot opinions on social media. The explosion of e-book publishing has enabled writers of all kinds and all backgrounds, and without a character restriction. Whether it’s through a blog, an e-book, or whatever, the gatekeeper has started to disappear, and to a writer who likes getting published, that prospect is thrilling.

But a new gatekeeper has replaced the old. The driving force of the explosion has been the Amazon Kindle. Since it was first issued in 2007, Kindle titles have taken an increasingly large share of the industry, and now make up nearly 20% of all book sales, not just e-books.

That’s astonishingly fast, and the publishing industry has been dragged kicking and screaming behind. It’s easy to see how it could be a painful transition for them. There’s no physical copy to print and they’re out of the distribution game, so publishers naturally make less per book sold than they had in the past. Amazon made deals advantageous to themselves, of course, but sales have continued to increase. The downside is that issues have arisen as a result of Amazon trying to strong-arm publishers who don’t want to play ball.

By the same token, writers make less in royalties than they once did, as well. That’s the sad part, I guess, but the positive side is that more people are writing and more ideas are floating around, which is a beautiful thing and vital to the advancement of culture. It also presents a brand new problem for the industry: information overload.

As long as there was traditional publishing, there was a structure in place to determine what writing was deemed “worthy” of printing. It kept dangerous or controversial views out of the public, sure, but it also filtered out the garbage. Academic publishing still has its review system in place to make sure a work is suitable to print, but the non-academic side now has little to no filter.

Let’s face it; for all the good that open access to publication can do for society, it also means that one may have to wade through a lot of it to find high-quality, relevant material. So the question becomes how to access it so that every time you want to find something, you don’t have to filter through a large amount of irrelevant and useless material. It’s for this reason that data management has become so vital. Its use has resulted in revolutionary new ways to look at publishing.

The basic fact of having an individual platform is big enough. But there are larger, more groundbreaking efforts to take advantage of the opportunities the technology has afforded us. Norway, for instance, is in the process of digitizing all of its books, all of them, to make them available online to anyone with a Norwegian IP address; the Digital Public Library of America is a growing resource connecting libraries across the country; and the Public Library of Science has turned the paradigm of academic publishing on its ear.

The concept of the digital library isn’t new. Project Gutenberg has been around since 1971. Little did we know back then what kind of value that might have. It’s only becoming clear now that analytic software has become so advanced. For Amazon, books were a means to mine customer data for other products. Now, that kind of data mining is commonplace. It doesn’t have to be about sales, though. In these library projects, that same level of data mining can be used for all sorts of purposes, from recommending new reading materials to a better understanding of a student’s learning habits.

The potential in these projects is limitless, and it takes innovative thinkers to look for patterns and derive ways to utilize them. But the most important thing to me is that what I write, what anybody writes, can be published and accessed for all to see in one form or another if somebody is interested. After all, if I want to read about new methods in cancer treatment or some crazy person ranting about aliens, I should have that right, and so should everyone.

Daryl Loomis
Access Innovations

Beef Up Your Skills In D.C.

August 29, 2014  
Posted in News, Taxonomy, Technology

You can get the skills you need to make your content searchable, discoverable, and delivered in an actionable format at the upcoming Enterprise Search & Discovery conference. Mark your calendars for this event in November in Washington D.C.

By attending, you will hear from keynote speakers who will discuss how big data causes enterprises to rethink how they handle search; network and learn from your colleagues who have already wrestled with the technical and business challenges you are facing; and learn about new technologies to help you move forward.

An interesting feature is the Enterprise Solutions Showcase, which will feature the top companies in the knowledge management, content management, search, and taxonomy building. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore all of the latest in product and service solutions.

Learn more about the conference and register here.

Melody K. Smith

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

Semantic Technology Conference Celebrates 10 Years

July 22, 2014  
Posted in News, semantic, Technology

DATAVERSITY™ Education, LLC, and have released the agenda and opening of registration for the 10th annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference (SemTechBiz). This interesting news came from Semantic Web in their article, “Semantic Technology and Business Conference Announces Agenda and Opens Registration.”

SemTechBiz brings together today’s industry thought leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities jointly impacting both corporate business leaders and technologists. This year’s conference will take place in San Jose, California, August 19-21, 2014, at the San Jose Convention Center. For the first time, the conference will be co-located with the NoSQL Now! Conference.  To view the three-day agenda or learn more about the conference speakers and registration options, visit

Melody K. Smith

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

The Navy Has Big Plans

July 8, 2014  
Posted in News, ontology, Technology

Apparently, the Navy has plans to create a big data ecosystem that will allow for advancements in analytics. Federal Times brought this news to our attention in their article, “Navy seeks big data ecosystem. The Office of Naval Research has put out a call for white papers and full proposals for advanced technology development that will forge major advancements towards a well-developed and robust naval big data ecosystem that enables more sophisticated and powerful analytics for supporting naval warfighting applications.

The four key areas specifically outlined were:

1. Development of a robust Naval Data Science foundation that addresses data representations and ontologies required to support a wide range of naval warfare mission areas;

2. Identifying, acquiring, ingesting, and indexing data sources pertinent to naval warfighting missions;

3. Development of advanced analytics for naval warfare mission areas, and;

4. Development of data protection and security mechanisms to ensure the integrity of data used throughout the analytic process.

Responses are due by October 3, 2014, for those interested.

Melody K. Smith

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

Polishing Big Data

June 19, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

We talk a lot about big data. We talk about its continued increase in quantity and need for additional storage, and many other issues surrounding the issue. What we don’t see much is the need for a solid relationship between big data and the enterprise system. The blog, Business Intelligence, brought this interesting topic to our attention in their post, ‘Big Data: Integral Part of an Information Architecture.”

Big data has reputation problems with its own hype, buzz words, and code names. It brings with it ever-increasing volumes of data and storage costs. Just like data warehousing is a part of the overall technology capability set and information infrastructure, big data is just as important to the enterprise system. It is part of the overall information architecture and must be treated as so.

Melody K. Smith

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

Designing the Perfect System

June 16, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

Implementing a digital asset management (DAM) system can be challenging. Many factors pose hurdles of varying degrees: asset ingestion, building the database, and relevant and descriptive metadata, to name a few. It is key to make the asset metadata descriptive enough to make it worth the time to search and find the assets. A controlled vocabulary, such as a taxonomy, can be invaluable for this purpose. Image & Data Manager brought this information to our attention in their article, “Designing a Controlled Vocabulary for DAM.”

There is no limit as to the criteria by which we can organize data. Your descriptors can include genre, subject, visual clues, geographic and time spatial clues, and synonyms. Search results can be enhanced by the clues we leave on the data.

Another tool that can enhance your search experience is a taxonomy. A strong standards-based taxonomy is one with true integrity. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

Siri on Steroids?

April 22, 2014  
Posted in News, semantic, Technology

A powerful new invention that could apply to a future version of Siri has been patented by Apple. It is designed to work with distributed sensors that a user could place throughout a home, office, or beyond. It’s an advanced reminder system that could notify you that it’s time to take your medications or that you have appointments or meetings, in any room equipped with the appropriate sensors. This interesting news was found on Patently Apple in their announcement, “Apple Wins Patent for a Surprisingly Futuristic Version of Siri that Includes Distributing Sensors throughout your Home or Office.”

The patent relating to intelligent systems and more specifically to tools for building classes of applications for intelligent automated assistants like Siri is likely to bring about more space-age convenience.

Melody K. Smith

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

Monetizing Knowledge

The fields of information science and economics have been expanding and overlapping for some time now. With the ever-increasing recognition of the value of knowledge organization systems (KOS), especially in the context of improved technologies and practices for them, it is time to look at them from the perspective of economics. This information came from a feature in ASIS&T’s April/May 2014 Bulletin by our own Marjorie Hlava titled, “Introduction: Economics of Knowledge Organization Systems.”

Indicative of this change are entirely new ways in which individuals and information systems generate, provide access to, and link information. In line with this change is a growing need to better integrate and leverage knowledge organization systems (KOSs). How does one measure the true value of successful information organization, navigation, and retrieval?

Melody K. Smith

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

Green Data Center Lab and Taxonomy

April 2, 2014  
Posted in News, Technology

Demartek has been named an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized test laboratory for the United States EPA ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage program. They provide hands-on research and analysis by focusing on industry analysis and lab validation testing of server, network, storage, and security technologies. The EPA ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage taxonomy is consistent with the taxonomy developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Green Storage Initiative. This interesting news came from the trade-site Power Engineering in their article, “Demartek Becomes an EPA Recognized Independent Test Laboratory.”

“The EPA has applied the basic idea of energy efficiency to entire data center storage products as part of their ENERGY STAR program,” said Dennis Martin, Demartek President. “Demartek has deployed many data center storage products from a variety of manufacturers in its lab over the past few years and is experienced in running applications on these storage systems for conducting various validation and performance tests.”

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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