Metadata is created every moment of every day. Every phone call, every search query, every photo we take creates metadata. It is most likely not something we think of when we create it, and certainly we don’t think of how and where it is stored. Sure, we have files on thumb drives and data cards, but that is just a drop in the bucket metadata-wise.

This interesting topic was inspired by the article found in Scientific American titled, “What is metadata? A Christmas themed exploration.” All this begs the question – “How do we find the data when we need it?”

Findability only works when a proper taxonomy is in place. 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 Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.