The world seems focused on big data and the perceived power it has to accelerate business success. Ironically one of the biggest challenges in IT today is the underutilization of data. IOT Evolution World brought this information to us in their article, “Leveraging Metadata to Overcome the Challenges of Dark Data in the IoT Era.”

Some refer to this underutilized data as dark data and it continues to grow exponentially. Better information management is needed in order to convert it to meaningful information.

Metadata can unlock the potential of underutilized information by serving as the foundation for a more effective way for organizations to identify, link and cross-reference documents across a wide range of repositories and business systems.

Metadata attributes can be applied to files in order to classify data intelligently and it can also automate enforcement of highly complex access control policies by leveraging information from other data sources.

It is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy when looking for data. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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