February 9, 2011 – This week I am attending the Data Harmony Users Group Meeting in Albuquerque. Though the weather has been disappointing (snow in the desert?), the amount and quality of information have not been in the least. This meeting is serving as the launch of Data Harmony 3.8 Beta and there are many updated features to share.

After the usual bug fixing, a sneak peek at the list of updates begins with a new Data Harmony Admin Dashboard design, rule report and thesaurus report enhancements – including a new “tree view” graphical feature to give that visual eye candy to those of us who appreciate and understand data in that form. There is also a significant increase in the documentation resources available to the user. Watch for more information and details in the coming days.

As I look around the room and see representatives from various fields, i.e. publishing, medical data management, research sciences, and smaller individual startups, it reminds me of one thing all these professionals have in common – the need for and utilization of taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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