Trying to improve public access to government documents, the Justice Department is now using metadata in its effort to adhere to the Freedom of Information Act. Citizens will now be able to find information with a simple search on sites like

Since metadata is information about information but in a machine-readable format, computers can easily find and categorize a document or image. The Department of Justice is using this approach to support its Open Government Plan, and even better, they are working on a set of standards to manage and support metadata tagging.

This interesting information was found on Fierce IT Management in their article, “DOJ metatagging plan will make all federal FOIA documents searchable, accessible.” Of course we are excited about the standards. 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

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