Data tends to pile up on file servers, creating backlogs, slow service, and poor search results. Continuing to expand storage footprints is simply not sustainable or productive. But what are the options? Information Management brought this interesting quandary to our attention in their article, “Data Cleanup: Big Data Can Pose Big Risk.”

So how does one reduce the pile-up of data? You can clear the clutter, delete redundancies, etc., but be sure to review (or establish) mandated retention policies before the mass trashing begins.

One way to ensure findability, even with big data issues, is through a taxonomy. A standards-based taxonomy provides clear and concise order to your data, which enables comprehensive search results. Standards are key to a solid taxonomy and comprehensive indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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