An interesting take on an important taxonomy...

Stop the fear mongering over ICD-10: It's just another taxonomy

A recent Weekly Standard article shrilly announced that an  Oct. 1, 2014, update of ICD medical codes would augur “a nightmare for doctors.” This was not the only source predicting doom and gloom for the forthcoming code switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 -- so I decided to investigate. 

It turns out many of these critics are falling victim to common misunderstandings about taxonomies and the characteristics and purposes of large, structured data sets. Here’s how.

Scientist proposes revolutionary naming system for all life on Earth

 A Virginia Tech researcher has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence and in doing so created a universal language that scientists can use to communicate with unprecedented specificity about all life on Earth.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-scientist-revolutionary-life-earth.html#jCp   

End of 2013 Round Up of Taxonomy Blogs, Part I

It's that time of year, folks, when it seems like everyone is publishing some kind of year end list or "round up" of the years news highlights, blogsand blog posts, photos, videos, and more. So why not do the same here at Synaptica?To keep things manageable, listed here are some 2013 blogs and blog entries, culled from almost a thousand, that address taxonomy in one way or another. You'll find taxonomy as it relates to Drupal (no suprise) Pinterest, Bloom's educational classification (again, no surprise), the Semantic Web, Twitter, Ajax, and more.

FYI: SAE's Classification Schema Use Survey*

375 people participated in SAE's classification schema use survey; and, 240 completed it.   To the first question, "Which classification scheme do you/your company use?" it's notable that the answer "Taxonomy" registers the highest number of response while "I do not know" is a distant second ("Ontology" comes in third.)  More from the classification survey to come. *Faith, Ashleigh et. al. “Classification Schema Use.” Survey. 29 September 2013 through 15 October 2013.

Video: Unlocking Healthcare Data with Clinical NLP

With the launch of Obamacare just a few weeks behind us, those of you engaged in controlled vocabulary development related to natural language processing (NLP) might be interested in Clinithink's CLiX, technology that "enables healthcare providers and solution vendors to extract knowledge from the clinical data trapped in the free text of discharge summaries, clinical notes, and other documents." To learn more about CLiX, check out the video Unlocking Healthcare Data with Clinical NLP.