Mapping the Stars

December 30, 2013  
Posted in indexing, News, reference, Technology

Floating around the Milky Way galaxy is the most recent space observatory launched by the European Space Agency (ESA). Gaia will monitor each of its target stars about 70 times over a period of five years – all unmanned.

The mission aims to compile a 3D space catalog of approximately one billion astronomical objects (approximately 1% of the Milky Way population). Gaia will create a precise three-dimensional map of stars throughout the Milky Way Galaxy and map their motions, which encode the origin and subsequent evolution of the Milky Way.

This interesting news was everywhere, but the article, “Gaia spacecraft set for launch on mission to map a billion stars“, in The Guardian brought this to our attention. After years of preparation, this “star census worker” will spend five years preparing the digital map. “It’s going to be the most accurate and the most detailed 3D map of stars there has ever been,” said Dr. Ralph Cordey, head of science at Astrium UK, a company involved in the building of the spacecraft.

Melody K. Smith

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

Improving the Process of Data Mining

November 27, 2013  
Posted in News, Technology

CODY Systems has released the industry’s first end-to-end crime analysis solution, which combines a proven real-time public safety and law enforcement data management solution with data visualization, sophisticated crime analytics, and geospatial summaries suitable for COMPSTAT-style reporting. This interesting news came from Broadway World in their article, “CODY Systems Launches the CODY Crime Analysis Dashboard.”

CODY Dashboard is available as part of the CODY Systems Records Anywhere and COBRA.net  platforms. The data mining options available through CODY Dashboard can analyze, investigate, and mine regional data from various, separate sources.

Improving the process of data mining is a worthy achievement. Technology that can help users achieve that is worth investigating.

Melody K. Smith

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

Investing in the Professionals

November 7, 2013  
Posted in News, Technology

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the availability of information to their businesses on a consistent and timely basis. However, in many organizations, this is not considered a strategic priority but is more of a maintenance task. This is unfortunate. Ventana Research brought this topic to our attention in their blog post titled, “CIOs Need to Make Information Management a Real Priority.”

Poor and inadequate tools find many technology professionals doing little more than data entry instead of system analysis.

How do information technology professionals create a shift in their focus, as well as the strategic leadership to see the power and importance of solid information technology? How do they change the perception of them being little more than a help desk?

Melody K. Smith

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

New Partnership Delivers Solutions

November 6, 2013  
Posted in News, storage, Technology

Coraid has announced a technical partnership with Splunk to enable large-scale machine data analytics in Coraid enterprise and cloud data centers through Splunk Enterprise. This interesting information was found on MarketWatch in their article, “Coraid Announces Alliance With Splunk to Tame Large-Scale Machine Data With Scale-Out Storage.”

The combination of their data collection, indexing and analytical capabilities, and flexible scale-out storage architecture will allow customers to easily and cost-effectively deploy analytics capabilities for their machine data. “We’re pleased to be working with Coraid to help organizations collect, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated data. Splunk and Coraid combine to deliver a solution for organizations that need a scalable, comprehensive, cost-effective approach to operational intelligence,” said Bill Gaylord, senior vice president of business development, Splunk.

“Advanced operational intelligence software combined with a scale-out, flexible storage infrastructure ensures that even complex data center environments can be managed effectively. Making advanced storage-performance analytics available to Splunk users further enriches their experience.”

Melody K. Smith

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

Health Technology Continues Progress

September 12, 2013  
Posted in Autoindexing, indexing, News, Technology

EDCO Group has been awarded a patent for its medical record scanning and indexing technology, called Solarity. This technology enables the classification and separation of documents based on content. These automated steps in the scanning and indexing process minimize human intervention, which results in reduced cost and expedited processes.

PRWeb brought this news to our attention in their article, “EDCO Awarded Patent for Medical Record Scanning Technology and Process.”

Automation in medical records for all stages (e.g., creation, coding, filing, indexing) is happening all across healthcare facilities. The impending ICD-10 transition and electronic health record initiative are driving some of this, and some is just progress.

Proper medical coding is important for the filing and reimbursement of claims. Products like ICD Tagger work across platforms to provide consistent, uniform, and auditable reporting plus error flagging and trend analysis.

Melody K. Smith

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

New Reporting System for Law Enforcement

September 5, 2013  
Posted in indexing, News, Technology

The Hudson Police Department’s new online reporting system, Coplogic, will be launching next week. This comes after much delay from the original planned December launch, but is welcomed with great anticipation. The MetroWest Daily News brought this interesting news to us in their article, “Hudson’s online reporting system to launch early next week.”

Created by a California police officer, the Coplogic online reporting system links through the Hudson Police Department’s website. Residents will be able to access from their home computers to file an online report for incidents such as harassing phone calls and identity theft. Then an officer will review the report, determine if additional information is needed, and then add the report into the department’s records system.

This new project will save time, create a more efficient reporting system, and keep officers on the streets instead of taking reports.

Melody K. Smith

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

Event Makes it Easy to Spend that Budget

August 22, 2013  
Posted in Business strategy, News, Technology

ZL Technologies was one of the featured businesses at the 930Gov Showcase in Washington, DC this week. 930Gov Showcase is organized by the Digital Government Institute (DGI) to enable federal attendees to engage directly with leading-edge vendors of eDiscovery, cloud, records management, and other information governance solutions before the end of the fiscal year in September, a.k.a. budget time.

IT Business Net brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “ZL Technologies to be Featured at 930Gov Federal Year-End Technology Showcase.” The showcase focuses on strategic implementation. At this time when government practitioners are looking to utilize their remaining budget on technology, it is an opportune time for the exposure.

Big data continues to challenge most organizations, so they are constantly looking for solutions. This event is geared towards showcasing possible solutions.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Value of Technology

July 17, 2013  
Posted in News, Technology

There are discussions happening everywhere about the advance of technology, and how it is either improving our lives or dumbing us down. Just accidentally leave your smartphone at home one day, and you will quickly know how dependent we have become on these mobile devices to communicate, navigate, and socialize. The Moderate Voice was where we found an interesting piece on this topic, titled “The Ontology of Technology.”

Depending on which side of the fence you fall, you might find technology to be a godsend for organization and reachability. However, you might also believe a cell phone should be just that, a DVR knows way too much about your preferences, and there should not be an app for everything. It is important to note that those two positions are not separated by chasms of generations. The diversity of socioeconomics, age, and sex is rich on both sides.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Pioneers of the Internet Warn

June 11, 2013  
Posted in News, storage, Technology

Vinton Cerf is considered one of the geniuses, or computer scientists, who turned on the Internet in 1983. Imagine the amount of data created since that time and you wouldn’t think that much would be lost or unreachable in the future. But he disagrees. Cerf warned that digital things created today — spreadsheets, documents, and presentations, as well as mountains of scientific data — won’t be readable in the years and centuries ahead.

This interesting information was found on Computer World in their article, “Cerf sees a problem: Today’s digital data could be gone tomorrow.”

This backward portability and compatibility could provide many difficulties in accessing and interpreting data in the future. The data can be stored, but what about the reader? Are we keeping enough technology around to access it? Should we?

These are tough questions. The article discusses some ways that they are being addressed, but I would imagine that the technology in the future will be surprising, no matter how much we prepare. Only time will tell.

Melody K. Smith

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

Anticipating the Future

June 10, 2013  
Posted in News, Technology

In a world that is moving so fast technology-wise, it is impossible to predict what will be needed or used in a decade, score, or even a year. People and organizations employ new technologies in creative and unanticipated ways.  Unexpected developments often give new technologies their greatest value. This interesting topic was inspired by an article found on Electronic Design titled, “Data Mashups Will Make The Internet Of Things Useful.”

Mobile applications or “apps” are a perfect example of this. The often-used phrase “there is an app for that” is spot on.

There is an app that lets you take a photo of your meal and it will give you the nutritional information to monitor a healthy (or not) diet.

There is an app that simulates a dog whistle for dog training.

There is even an app that will locate the nearest public restroom for you when you just have to, well, go.

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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