There were many articles and posts over the past year about search, semantic technology, and the clouds. 2011 was a busy year in the world of technology. One topic caught the attention of some more than others – integration and what it means to users.

Data integration may seem like a boring topic compared to the bells and whistles of natural language processing and artificial intelligence, but to those who deal with database management and with the massive amounts of metadata created, it can be more provocative than you would think.

IT Business Edge brought this topic to our attention in their article, “The Most Significant Integration Story of 2011.” With any integration project, it is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy. How is your content classified? You should consider a professional to help build a solid standards-based taxonomy to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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