Achieving True Findability Requires Standards

April 23, 2014  
 Posted in News, search, Standards, Taxonomy

WAND has launched its WAND Taxonomy Library Portal that provides resources for companies who are developing a taxonomy strategy by giving access to more than 100,000 pre-built taxonomy concepts developed by experts.

Approach with Consistency

April 14, 2014  
 Posted in News, Standards, Taxonomy

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recently announced the publication of a revision to the Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) Recommended Practice (NISO RP-9-2014). The original recommended practice which was issued in 2010, provided all parties in the information supply chain with straightforward guidance about metadata formatting­.

Information and Data Governance/Management – Adding Ideas From Complementary Disciplines

February 10, 2014  
 Posted in Access Insights, Featured, Standards

After critical business information has been identified at a high level and a focal has been assigned, best practices from complementary disciplines can be incorporated. Identify the main subjects for a business specific controlled vocabulary. Each company or organization develops its own language for talking about what it does. Like all languages, organizational languages are based on a common way of seeing and thinking. A technology or farm machinery company may use alphanumeric designations to identify thousands of products. An entertainment firm may use cryptic acronyms in discussing thousands of events or programs. An agricultural organization may talk about plans and events as they relate to “the harvest.” Even within one company, the language varies between departments. A finance department is likely to have a language that is different from the language used in research or operations departments.

The Hot Topics of 2013

January 29, 2014  
 Posted in News, semantic, Standards

Concept Searching has taken time to compile the annual list of its most read blogs and leadership articles for 2013. Known for their semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management software, not to mention, developer of the Smart Content Framework™, Concept Searching offers readers interesting and thought-provoking discussions in their content. Digital Journal brought this news to our attention in their article, “Concept Searching Announces Top Read Blogs and Thought Leadership Articles.”

Language Comes into the Future

January 27, 2014  
 Posted in News, reference, Technology

The Oxford English Dictionary is progressing towards a third edition with over 619,000 words compiled between its binding. To compile a dictionary of nearly every word in the English language was an endeavor typical of Victorian times. This mammoth-sized task resulted in the first installment emerging in 1884 with its contents “A to Ant.”

Taxonomies to the Rescue

January 23, 2014  
 Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Standards, Taxonomy

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues and day-to-day operations are changing for many healthcare providers. For example, hospitals must now shift their patient records systems to electronic medical records, which introduces additional challenges during an already stressful time. This interesting and relevant news was found on ebizQ in their article, “Taxonomy Aids Navigation of Turbulent Healthcare Environment.”

Standards Come with Experience

January 22, 2014  
 Posted in News, semantic, Standards

Foxtel has selected Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery to provide metadata management to support its pay TV services on both broadcast and IPTV platforms.

Information and Data Governance/Management – How to Start

The link between Business and Information Technology is the data, information, and process assets that are stored and automated through technical tools. This blog suggests the first steps toward governing and managing these important assets before tool implementation, helping to avoid the too common “graveyards” of expensive, underused tools.

Taxonomies to the Rescue

December 31, 2013  
 Posted in News, Taxonomy

MEDLINE citations are manually indexed at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), using as reference the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) controlled vocabulary. In the past, human indexers read the full text of the article to properly index. However, due to growth, the NLM is exploring automatic indexing options. 7th Space Interactive brought this topic to our attention in their article, “MeSH indexing based on automatically generated summaries.”

New ANSI Portal

November 4, 2013  
 Posted in News, Standards

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has officially launched the ANSI IBR Portal, an online tool for free, read-only access to voluntary consensus standards that have been incorporated by reference (IBR) into federal laws and regulations.

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