Users can now digitally access some of the most important scientific texts in history. The United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences, known formally as The Royal Society,  is making over 330 years’ worth of high-quality, full color images from its journals available online.  Their journal archive offers free online access. This very interesting information came to us from KnowledgeSpeak in their article, “UK’s scientific legacy in the Royal Society’s new digital archive.”

The improved metadata means the collection is now easier to search. Each article has been tagged individually by indexers capturing content that includes annotations, illustrations, and additional material between 1665 and 1996.

Metadata summarizes basic information about data, which can make finding and working with particular data easier. Having the ability to filter through metadata makes it much easier for someone to locate a specific document. Because metadata can be used for more than document files, i.e. images, video, etc., it can help users find relevant information and discover new resources.

Of course when the data is indexed against a solid taxonomy, the search results are more comprehensive. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies with integrated indexing rule bases to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.