Tuesday, the Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) 2021 annual gathering started with Marjorie M. K. Hlava, President, Chair of the Board, and Chief Scientist at Access Innovations, Inc. giving an update on happenings at Access Innovations since the 2020 DHUG.

Like most other organizations, life changed on March 12, 2020. All staff went to remote working for what most assumed would be a couple weeks. Here we are 11 months later and it is still the norm for Access as well as most other organizations across this country.

The staff at Access has learned to communicate differently amongst themselves as well as with clients, but other than that, it is business as usual with new features on faithful products being developed.

Following the update, Andrew Smeall from Hindawi Publishing shared their experience as an open access publisher using a custom taxonomy from Access Innovations to make editor and reviewer assignments for incoming submissions to journals.

Their early results reveal improved efficiency with editor accepted rates going up, back logged requests going down and the time to accept the editor reduced.

Xi Van Fleet from American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) rounded out the morning as she shared their expanded use of MAIstro in subject/topic taxonomies for their publications. “I am a librarian by profession. I call myself a metadata specialist and taxonomist. The name has changed, but not the nature of the work,” said Van Fleet.

ASCE’s “mother” taxonomy has birthed many baby taxonomies and as they continue to go beyond the core taxonomy to index content for findability purposes.

DHUG continues through February 10, 2021.

Melody K. Smith

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