The latest technology terminology shows up in trends. Big data, information architecture, analytics, and of course semantic anything. How does the average person, let alone professional, stay on top of the latest vernacular? The Journal Star brought this topic to our attention in their article, “How Big is Big Data, What Is Semantic Search and Why Do Analytics Matter?”

Big data is data that is so large, and often so overwhelming that it is a huge challenge to be managed by traditional database technology. Think National Weather Service or maybe the National Security Agency?

Semantic goes beyond face value and looks for natural language meaning. Semantic search and semantic analysis are the same concept.

This is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to trends in terminology. However, in the end findability is what we are all seeking. If you can’t find data quickly and completely, what is the point of having it? Findability can be achieved by creating strong taxonomies. 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 Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.