The first three days of public hearings on the latest revisions of the Telecommunications Act seemed to focus on the collection of telecommunications metadata without a warrant by government agencies. There were many questioning government intelligence and law enforcement agencies over their warrantless collection of telecommunications metadata under the current legislation. ZDNet brought this news to us in their article, “Metadata under the microscope at telecommunications hearings.”

It gets more and more difficult in this day and age to see how metadata can be put to useful purposes. Organizations are constantly facing the challenges of handling data, especially in relation to storage, size, and security.

Access to data is important. It 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

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