Semantic data standards exist in a variety of businesses and markets. In the oil and gas industry, they exist to help users integrate different types of data together or answer some of the more difficult questions. They break down the walls of application names, such as Excel or Oracle, and allow the data to be published, accessed, and linked as simple as browsing a website. This information was found in the Digital Energy Journal in their article, “Semantic data in oil and gas.”

Computer data has been dependent on the application that housed and used it, for decades. Separation of data and application is becoming more common, but not as smoothly as many users would like. Being standards-based means no vendor loyalty as they surf through all applications. With semantic technology, inference was introduced and the process became even more comprehensive.

Semantic technology requires a special knowledge of terminology and coding to reduce errors. Access Innovations, developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system and specializing in complex coding, tagging, and indexing, provides a range of services that deliver tag integrity.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.