Show Me the Money

March 30, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology, Term lists

The Winklevoss twins, perhaps best known for their legal battles with former classmate Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook, predict that by 2025, a “cashless society” will dominate with the virtual currency bitcoin. The New York Post brought us this news in their article, “Winklevoss twins believe bitcoin will ‘wipe out’ cash.”

The Harvard graduates believe bitcoin is destined to wipe out the use of cash, credit cards, and other fee-based money-transfer services like PayPal.

“Cash is going to be killed,” Tyler Winklevoss told a crowd Monday at SXSW Interactive, the annual tech conference. “It will be nostalgia … You’ll tell your grandkids about the wallet, it was this thing made of leather.”

There is a difference in a shift from popular use to actually removing it from the dictionaries and useful vernacular. Time will tell.

Melody K. Smith

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

Among Good Company

March 25, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Technology

TEMIS joins the prestigious list of 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management. KMWorld made their annual announcement recently as they recognized the top industry influencers in content, document, and knowledge management. This information came to us from Bio IT World in their article, “TEMIS Named to KMWorld’s 2015 List of “100 Companies that Matter In Knowledge Management”.”

This was the 15th edition of the list that is compiled by KM practitioners, theorists, analysts, vendors, and their customers and colleagues.

Access Innovations was also included in this prestigious list. For a full list of the Top 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management, click here.

Melody K. Smith

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

Emojis: Communication without Words

March 16, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured, Technology

Each year since 2000, the Global Language Monitor has selected the Top Words of the Year, which they derive through statistical analysis of word usage. Some may have thought the organization had gone insane this year when they announced the selections for 2014, because at the very top of the list was not a word at all, but the heart emoji. It’s true; a tiny cartoon heart got used so often last year that it supplanted all actual words.

People might shake their heads at that fact and lament what happened to language with kids these days, but it’s how people communicate online, which is basically how people communicate at all anymore, so it’s well worth looking into how and why this has happened.

No matter how one might personally feel about it, there’s no denying the rampant popularity of emojis. They are more commonly used on Twitter than the digit 5, and the single most popular emoji is more commonly used than the tilde. Those facts are crazy to me, and text analytics company Luminoso has compiled even more. Emojis have taken over at lightning speed and there’s no stopping them, so we might as well start trying to find the meaning in them.

As I discussed previously, I have found myself fascinated the last few weeks after I discovered emojitracker.com. By making use of Twitter’s streaming API, it tracks emoji use across the globe in real time. Though it only uses Twitter and not all the other places where the characters are used, the numbers are still mind-blowing.  The most popular character, “face with tears of joy,” has been used more than 632 million times since the site opened and it, along with the others at the top of the list, increases at an extraordinary pace.

It’s not just a flood of numbers, either. You can click on each icon to see a feed of the tweets that the emojis were used on, as well as see those results in JSON markup language; this is the stuff that I find highly interesting. The feeds for the top ranked emojis move far too quickly to understand anything by the naked eye, but there are things to look at in some of the less popular ones.

Take, for instance, the emoji labelled “Pedestrian,” which is simply a man walking. Oddly, of the 16 million times this symbol has been tweeted, nearly every one is in Arabic. Why are they all walking? To see this stuff with the eye, one has to wade through so much material that it would be simply too daunting to actually find larger meaning in any of this.

Computers could easily parse it all out, though. The trouble is that, while it’s interesting to see the data stream, nothing is really being done with it. Despite the fact that it’s already an example of linked data, there is next to no analysis. That site lives in a vacuum, but emoji usage doesn’t. It grows and evolves more rapidly than text language does, and people from different cultures and groups assign their own meanings to single characters and groups.

Yet, in spite of that evolution that, for whatever reason, makes the pedestrian symbol appealing to Arabic speakers, emojis also have somewhat universally defined meanings that make actual communication possible. The Wall Street Journal allows you to translate their headlines into emojis and, though you sometimes have to stretch a bit, it’s pretty easy to see where they’re coming from. Likewise, in a far more absurd example, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick has been turned into emoji. Of course, all the deep contextual and literary meaning will be lost in translation, so to speak, but if the words can be communicated in any kind of comprehensible fashion, that’s pretty impressive, if rather pointless.

The problem with all of this from a semantics perspective is that if the meaning does continue to evolve, how could one possibly analyze the data in a meaningful way? Were one to get a comprehensible result today, would they get that same result later? It’s important in semantic analysis to get provable, repeatable results. You can’t see patterns in data when the rules keep changing.

Like it or not, this is the way people communicate today and, whether or not I think emojis are a lasting phenomenon or will be an enduring part of language (I don’t), they don’t seem to be a product of laziness. Instead, they are about speed and clarity of communication. If we can express a complex emotion like love using one symbol rather than many, people are going to gravitate toward it, just like they gravitated toward texting and Twitter rather than tedious old email.

Words and their meanings are always in flux, just very slowly. The difference between our current English and Geoffrey Chaucer’s is massive, but it happened over six centuries. Still, the language is comprehensible without translation. The meaning of emojis may change at a faster pace, but their meanings are still being communicated to people around the world, regardless of language or cultural barriers. To me, that alone is reason enough to want a much deeper understanding of how they’re being used.

Daryl Loomis
Access Innovations

Should We Be Concerned?

March 13, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is concerned about superintelligence. This comes from an interview in which he was asked a rather interesting question: “How much of an existential threat do you think machine superintelligence will be, and do you believe full end-to-end encryption for all internet activity can do anything to protect us from that threat (e.g. the more the machines can’t know, the better)?” This interesting news came from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Bill Gates Joins Musk and Hawking in Worry Over Machine Superintelligence.”

The answer only addressed the first half, but was still worthy of a discussion. “I am in the camp that is concerned about superintelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be superintelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”

For those of us less familiar with artificial superintelligence, it would be easy to worry about potential threats, and those do merit research.

Melody K. Smith

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

Meet-Up in the UK

March 3, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Facet Publishing is bringing a very interesting learning and networking opportunity to knowledge professionals in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2015: “Findability and information management in the corporate workplace” This particular meetup will celebrate the launch of Facet Publishing’s new “A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals.” This is an overview of the issues and opportunities for information professionals in rapidly-changing environments, and contains contributions from a wide range of sectors and specialisms.

The book’s editor and three contributors who will each introduce their particular chapters will be present and entertain an audience Q&A time afterwards.  This meetup is a new format for an ISKO UK event.

The publishing world has been affected by the world of technology more than any other, and not just in how they gather together. More people are building and implementing taxonomies. The awareness of controlled vocabularies and their applications continues to grow.

Melody K. Smith

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


Not Quite HAL

March 3, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

It sounds like fictional television or the latest science fiction thriller. However, with software-defined networking (SDN), networks are taking advantage of the benefits of cloud-based virtualization. Through many steps that are so much more complicated than I am making them sound, they are on the cusp of enabling networks to remain self-aware, self-defending, and self-healing – all the time. DATAVERSITY brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Networks Are Becoming Self-Aware and Self-Defending.”

This is not artificial intelligence, but how big will this big data resource need to grow to realize this vision of continuously self-aware and self-defending SDNs?

Technology continues to amaze us. Remember when a fax machine impressed us?

Melody K. Smith

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

Changes Continue

February 6, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

Many people stress over the changes that come with technology. Advancements can mean training, additional budget requirements, and disruption to service. What few remember, however, is that as technology progresses, many items get less expensive. IT Business Edge brought this news to our attention in their article, “A Better Data Center for One and All.”

No matter what happens in the data center over the next few years, it is important to remember that the enterprise will come out the winner, because infrastructure will be cheaper and more flexible.

Change is inevitable, and technology is not an exception. In all actuality, it is the leader. 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.

Melody K. Smith

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

19th EDW Conference

January 22, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Enterprise Data World (EDW) is taking place March 29-April 3, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Are you ready? The early bird registration discounts end on Friday, January 23, 2015, so stop procrastinating.The 19th annual EDW Conference is recognized as the most comprehensive educational conference on data management in the world.

With topics like Enterprise Data Strategy, Data Quality Measurements and Scorecarding, and Real-time Analytics & Business Intelligence, there are many learning and networking opportunities available.

Technology is advancing and improving. It is important to keep up with the trends. Opportunities like these are beneficial to building solid relationships with mentors, customers, and even competitors.

Melody K. Smith

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

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.

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