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June 3, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) is once again offering the webinar, “Webinar: Fast Times for Information: Re-Calibrating Roles and Responsibilities.” This event is scheduled for Thursday, June 4th at 11:00 a.m. –  12:30 p.m. EDT.

Several important shifts in technology, user expectations, and evolving roles are having a profound impact on the information community as a whole. This discussion will examine how emerging trends are affecting industry professionals, and the significance of those trends to content providers, publishers, researchers, and libraries.

External forces are impacting/disrupting the information community. These forces include such technologies as ubiquitous computing, devices supporting mobility/portability, and smart machines. There are new resources for discovery and new tools for content creation and management.

Join this webinar to examine changing roles and responsibilities, technology shifts in content and publishing affecting the information community, and the re-calibration of research dissemination.

Melody K. Smith

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

Fighting Over Data

June 1, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

Wearable technology continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Whether wearable digital devices are monitoring your heart rate, your activity, or your actual location with GPS, this new trend is on its way to changing how we collect and analyze data. Of course, like all emerging technologies, it is rife with turf wars. This interesting information came from TechWeek Europe in their article, “Fitbit Slapped With Lawsuit Ahead Of IPO.”

Fitbit is being sued by rival Jawbone. This unfortunately happened just ahead of its initial public offering (IPO), which would be the first for the wearable technology market.

Jawbone is accusing FitBit of acquiring proprietary information through nefarious means. These two are currently the largest competitors in the wearable technology market, but there are others. Apple, Microsoft, Garmin, and Samsung are all competing in the market, which has seen a 150 percent increase in the past year.

Melody K. Smith

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

Bye Bye Black Marker

June 1, 2015  
Posted in Autoindexing, News, Technology

Automation continues to develop in the unlikeliest of places. Recently, Kroll Ontrack elevated its Relativity offering by giving legal counsel the ability to take an automated approach to applying redactions. KMWorld brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Assisted redaction from Kroll Ontrack.”

Assisted-redaction technology identifies and redacts personally identifiable information (PII), privileged or other pertinent information based on user-defined criteria, simplifying the manual redaction process and reducing the risk of inadvertent disclosure.

The previous manual process of a black marker is being replaced by cascading search terms and regular expressions across the entire data collection workspace or a subset of data. The application leverages user-defined criteria to identify sensitive information and automatically place redactions on qualified documents.

Automated operations can reduce and even eliminate manual tasks and processes, and save money. Much like automated indexing makes content findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Forward Thinking Technology

May 22, 2015  
Posted in News, semantic, Technology

Tom Simonite recently shared this in the MIT Technology Review: “Many of the devices around us may soon acquire powerful new abilities to understand images and video, thanks to hardware designed for the machine-learning technique called deep learning. Companies like Google have made breakthroughs in image and face recognition through deep learning, using giant data sets and powerful computers…hardware is coming that will bring the technique to phones, cars, and more.” This interesting topic came from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Your Gadgets May Be Able to “See” with Deep Learning Very Soon.”

There are some obvious benefits to this technological advancement. Visual intelligence can be added to many kinds of devices, from phones to cheap security cameras. That might lead to novel kinds of camera or photo apps. The technology could also enhance car, traffic, and surveillance cameras.

Change can be fun, despite our stubborn human inclination to resist it.

Melody K. Smith

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

Keeping Up With the Times

May 21, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Automation has been the key word to progress for generations, starting with Henry Ford as he cranked out the first “horseless carriage” in Detroit. The goal has involved assembly lines and machination doing what humans can do, but with much more precision and speed. It is no different in the world of technology. What used to be awe-inspiring now takes too long for our limited attention spans. We want more, and we want it yesterday. This interesting perspective came from Satnews in their article, “Expectations By Berg Insight Is For Wireless IoT Devices To Reach 43.5 Million By 2020.”

There is a wide range of wireless technologies used in industrial automation with different characteristics and use cases. It is predicted that the number of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 percent to reach 43.5 million by 2020.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most widespread technologies in factory automation, while cellular connectivity typically is used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between plants.

Change is inevitable, and technology is not an exception, but often the leader.

Melody K. Smith

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

Platform Considerations

May 20, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Mark your calendars for another educational opportunity brought to you by the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). The Platforms that Perform: Taking Your Content to the Next Level educational workshop is scheduled for June 18, 2015 in Washington D.C. It will feature a distinguished group of speakers who will discuss their experiences and lessons learned in evaluating and implementing new content platforms within their organizations.

This event’s overall theme centers on key strategies publishers, government agencies and scholarly societies should set to optimize the selection, adoption, and migration of new platforms. This is an interesting and deep subject and should given the consideration it deserves.

Your platform is the front door to your content. The research you make available to your users is paramount to your mission and viability. With new platform innovations and user expectations changing daily, it is a challenge to figure out when and how to implement a transition to a new or upgraded platform.

Melody K. Smith

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

Easy Learning

May 18, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) is offering an interesting webinar with the title, “Webinar: Fast Times for Information: Re-Calibrating Roles and Responsibilities.” This event is scheduled for Thursday, May 21st at 11:00 a.m. –  12:30 p.m. EST.

Several important shifts in technology, user expectations, and evolving roles are having a profound impact on the information community as a whole. This discussion will examine how emerging trends are affecting industry professionals, and the significance of those trends to content providers, publishers, researchers, and libraries.

External forces are impacting/disrupting the information community, such as ubiquitous computing, devices supporting mobility/portability, and smart machines. There are new resources for discovery and new tools for content creation and management.

Join this webinar to examine changing roles and responsibilities, technology shifts in content and publishing affecting the information community, and the re-calibration of research dissemination.

Melody K. Smith

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

First Impressions

May 13, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Searching for a new job is stressful; no one will argue that fact. You work hard to make your resume informative without being too verbose, precise without drowning in detail, and interesting without sounding trite. After all that hard work, it can be disheartening to know that computer software is reading and profiling your resume long before a human ever lays eyes on it. This interesting information came from Money Talks in their article, “The Key To Getting Your Resume Noticed.”

Employers and recruiters are turning to applicant tracking systems to help them sort, filter out, and keep track of the overwhelming number of applications they now receive for every job position advertised. The downside of this is that a machine will most likely read your resume first. It could get rejected purely because the software can’t read it properly, due to formatting errors or confusing wording.

There are tips to help applicants design and write their resumes and cover letters to work with the system instead of against it in the article. The one I found the most interesting was “Don’t copy-paste from a Word document.” Word embeds invisible formatting code into your text, and that code can render your resume unreadable.

Melody K. Smith

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

Round Table Focuses on Future

April 28, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Another educational opportunity is available through the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). Fast Times for Information: Understanding the On-going Revolution will sharpen your knowledge of the issues and trends ahead, help you understand the details and nuances of major issues, and network with the emerging innovators in the content and publishing field.

Register for this special NFAIS virtual round table scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:00 a.m. (EST). Featured guests will be Cynthia Hill, Manager, Research Library and Bank Archives, at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Bill Trippe, Director of Technology, at MIT Press. NFAIS’s Jill O’Neill will present and lead a vibrant discussion with these experts that will be of interest to researchers, content providers, publishers and librarians.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Process of Change

April 16, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

If someone says they like change, they are lying. I realize that is harsh, but the change they’re thinking of is perhaps a vacation, new car, or new love. Most change is not a choice and therefore rarely enjoyed. The end result may be better; the process of getting there can be painful.

However, change is certainly inevitable, and technology is not an exception. In all actuality, it is the leader. As it evolves, with it come new challenges. Information architecture sees its own changing landscape with new content types, expanding/collapsing the taxonomy and modifying the metadata, as well as relationships between content types and associated business rules. How do you manage that kind of change? This interesting topic was found on KM Institute in their article, “Governing the Information Architecture – Model, Taxonomy, Metadata.”

It is important to promote the consistency of the information used across the platforms. By managing enterprise content, its metadata, and associated taxonomy, users will find the content they are looking for when and how they need it.

Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. 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 Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

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