I was reading my hometown paper today online. I am from a small town in Indiana. In fact, it’s “the small town” referred to in John Mellencamp’s so-named 1980s hit. The leading story was about digitizing records to make search work faster and with more comprehensive results. These deja vu moments almost surprise me in a very pleasing sort of way. It is like the universe is saying, “you made the right choices.”

The article that inspired this self-affirming reflection was found in The Seymour Tribune and titled, “Digital makeover to make online searches easier.” Their project is tackling deeds and mortgage records back to the 1800s and as recent as 1975.

Improving search results is always important, and many organizations are evaluating technologies based on their ability to deliver. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. I hope my hometown is using an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.