Partner With the Best

January 15, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

Data management technologies continue to evolve and offer new possibilities. Some are outstanding at offering new features and services, and some are less than satisfactory. There are many things to consider when previewing new data management technology. This interesting news came from InfoWorld in their article, “Manage data responsibly, even if it’s big.”

One of those considerations is variation in data quality. For true findability, it is important to to index your data against a strong taxonomy in order to retrieve it when needed. Many new technologies embrace the “deal with that later” attitude, and there is no good ending in that scenario.

The article highlights a few other things to watch for, but most of all, remember to partner with those who have experience and utilize standards. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

Techie Terms

January 6, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Every year, additional words and phrases are added to our dictionaries. Many of them are technology-driven, as evidenced by hashtag, selfie, and big data, which were all added to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in 2014. Among the many new terms added, four specifically fall into the aforementioned technology group. This interesting information came from Business 2 Community in their article, “What’s the Word? New Additions to the Digital Marketing Glossary.”

  • Geotargeting is used to determine where visitors are located on the map in order to deliver relevant content to them.
  • Native advertising is a type of promotion in which the content matches the form of the platform on which it appears.
  • Newsjacking is defined as taking advantage of a breaking story by piggybacking onto it in the hopes of gaining attention of the media or the general public.
  • Social selling is all about developing relationships with prospects through social media – along with many other channels – in order to engage them.

Melody K. Smith

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

Technology is Failing to Impress

December 29, 2014  
Posted in News, Technology

Our level of impressiveness with technology is declining at the same rate as our patience. As we become more connected, we expect 24/7 access to everything – the internet, our data, our photos, etc. Information Week brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Multi-Cloud Deployments Build Resilience.”

The cloud has made most of that possible. We’re moving quickly. It’s becoming rare for companies to run applications out of a single data center. Companies typically move workloads to the cloud.

A strong document management system integrates records management so you are able to seamlessly comply with records retention guidelines. Any records management system requires a system of indexing to create findability. We know that indexing against a strong, standards-based taxonomy can ensure comprehensive search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISOcompliant taxonomies to produce comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

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

Technology’s Impact

December 26, 2014  
Posted in News, search, Technology

Technology has changed our behavior. We often ponder what we did prior to the existence of the Internet search engine. These thoughts were inspired by from the blog, Scholarly Open Access and their article, “Google Scholar is Filled with Junk Science.”

Google Scholar works well for known-item searches, for example, when you quickly need to locate a known article or a paper by a known author. However, when you’re looking for more specifics, it lacks the ability to hone in because it doesn’t use controlled vocabularies like taxonomies and thesauri.

Information being findable is the result of good indexing and comprehensive metatagging. Automated indexing is a comprehensive approach to making content findable. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies with integrated indexing rule bases to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

Control the Chaos

December 22, 2014  
Posted in News, Technology

Mark your calendars today to plan on attending the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) conference on March 18-20, 2015 in sunny San Diego, California. At this unique moment in time when the acceleration of technology change is forcing organizations to reinvent themselves, new approaches are needed. You can find those at the AIIM Conference 2015 and help your organization embrace the chaos.

Keynote speakers include folks like Brian Solis from the Altimeter Group, Daniel Barchi from the Yale-New Haven Health System, and Christy Clark from ConocoPhillips. Topics range from The Race to Digital Transformation to The Gen Z Effect; The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business to Living the Digital Transformation Dream.

Learn more about the event and register here.

Melody K. Smith

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

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 SemanticWeb.com 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 www.SemTechBiz.com.

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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