When you are dealing with data measured in terabytes and petabytes, it is difficult to imagine how you manage such a volume. This size of data has its own ecosystem. Signal Online brought this interesting information our direction in their article, “Dealing with Big Data Takes an Ecosystem.”

According to Todd Myers, a big data specialist with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), we no longer have the luxury of manually searching for the data we need (if indeed, that could be considered a luxury). We now rely on properly applied metadata to search at the speed we need.

However, if you don’t have the data properly indexed against a solid taxonomy to begin with, searching with speed will only get you, well, dizzy.

A strong standards-based taxonomy is one with true integrity. 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.