Open Standards Essential to Orchestrating Multiple Tools

[Taxonomy Bootcamp 2011 Comment] While many organizations employ multiple software tools to perform similar functions, such as categorization, search, etc., this does not necessarily imply tool redundancy.  Particular tools have different strengths that are optimized for tackling different data sets or functional tasks within an enterprise.  There is, however, a very real need to orchestrate these tools.  Dave Clarke of Synaptica has long advocated that conceptual vocabularies combined with non-proprietary open standards are the key to unifying information that resides in disparate systems. Industry standards inform both the way vocabularies are constructed and the way they are interchanged.  Foremost among relevant norms is the brand new two-part ISO25964 standard (and its various national antecedents and implementations) and the W3C specifications SKOS and OWL.  Centralizing all controlled vocabularies into an enterprise vocabulary management tool allows different business units to maintain separate vocabularies while providing the means to 'wire' these different vocabularies together through mapping alignments.  For more information on the ISO standard visit: and

Enterprises Run a Plethora of Software Tools

[Taxonomy Bootcamp 2011 Takeaway] In a witty and informative sponsored lunchtime keynote Jeremy Bentley of SmartLogic surveyed the high ground that sits above text mining, search, content, metadata and classification.  Bentley named this high ground as ‘content intelligence,’ which also happens to be the brand name for SmartLogic’s enterprise platform.  Bentley observed that many organizations have multiple software tools to perform each of the core functions (multiple auto-categorization tools, multiple CMS tools, etc.), and that coordinating these disparate tools underpins the evolution to content intelligence and the semantic web.  The presentation is not available online, for more information visit

Taxonomy Fairy Tales

Very good video by Patrick Lambe (Straits Knowledge) and Matt Moore (Innotecture): "Taxonomy Fairy Tales" about the myths and misconceptions about taxonomy management.

SharePoint online seminar from Project Performance Corporation

Our Partner PPC are offering an excellent series of webinars on SharePoint that we wanted to make you aware of:

Roadmap your Path to SharePoint 2010 Webinar Series - Strategies to Maximize your ROI


Session Two: Designing Information Architecture in SharePoint 2010: Leveraging new features and taxonomy/metadata best practices

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:30am - 12:30pm EST

The information architecture for SharePoint 2010 site collections will lay a critical foundation for configuring sites and libraries, as well as for the success of end users’ adoption and their ability to find content. SharePoint 2010’s expanded features include management tools for metadata and keywords. This webinar will discuss the fundamentals of taxonomy and metadata, how these elements map to SharePoint 2010 features, and best practices for designing and implementing taxonomy and metadata within SharePoint 2010.

Presenters: Jill Tabuchi, PPC and Bill Hutchison, AEA

Intended Audience: Business Sponsor, Information Worker, IT Manager, IT Professional

Click here to start the registration process at Project Performance Corporation. This registration is for Session Two: Designing Information Architecture in SharePoint 2010: Leveraging new features and taxonomy/metadata best practices on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

Contact PPC for more information about how to leverage SharePoint 2010 within your organization by clicking on the logo below.

Synaptica, LLC announces Synaptica Express

Synaptica Express

We are very excited to announce a new addition to the Synaptica product line-up: Synaptica Express. This new taxonomy management solution is our cloud-computing answer for individuals or small-business users looking for a low-cost, low overhead taxonomy management tool.

Express systems are hosted on secure servers and available as a subscription service. They are designed for a single authorized user account, providing a streamlined system that allows users to be up and running with minimal training. With Express users can access the most powerful taxonomy management tools without expense of the IT infrastructure.

Express systems start at $1,200 per year and can be scaled up from single to multiple taxonomy systems as needed.

Learn more about this revolutionary new taxonomy management solution:

Heather Hedden publishes The Accidental Taxonomist

We here at Synaptica have worked with Heather Hedden for a number of years now and were very excited to learn that she has completed her new book The Accidental Taxonomist.

The Accidental Tourist Cover

We found it to be a great read and full of information that will benefit anyone from a novice to the most seasoned taxonomy expert. Be sure to look for references to Synaptica inside! Pick up your copy today here.

The Social Media Revolution - How will you fit in?

This fascinating video that we came across shows us the world of Social Media and Web 2.0 technologies today, and poses the question,"What's to come?"

How will you meet the challenges and opportunities of what these technologies bring to the party? Synaptica certainly looks to play a part in many new media strategies. Will you be there?

Semantics in Financial Services Presentation

This post was orginally published on my personal blog 'chitchatting about information delivery':

The Silicon Valley Semantic Technology Group organized by Peter Berger is one of the meetups that i have been going to for a while and have even helped coordinate and host in the past. Last Thursday the 15th they had what seems to be a great session about Semantics in Financial Services with David Newman who is a Senior Architect in the Enterprise Architecture group at Wells Fargo Bank (now part of Wachovia). I missed it due to the bambina, but lucky for me and for the rest of you that were not able to make it, the excellent slidedeck that David Newman used has been posted on Slideshare- see below (thanks Peter!). Based on the Slidedeck, the presentation covered:

  • The Case for Semantic Technology- Important Key Drivers, Limitations and Benefits
  • Overview of Semantic Technology - Basic Overview that hits all the most know items for business and technology folks
  • Semantic Technology Providers and Adopters -a high level list. He makes mention of Dow Jones as an adopter but forgets to mention Synaptica as a technology provider of ontology editor
  • Semantic Applications for Financial Services- I am always a sucker for 'use-cases' of semantic technologies in the enterprise and Newman provides two slides that outline various semantic applications for financial services which i have highlighted below
  • Recommended Semantic Technology Books and Articles

Many of the Semantic Applications that Newman points out for financial services can also be extended to other non-financial services companies but his breakdown highlights specific opportunities for financial services. Wish i had been there in person to learn more about which of these applications Newman and his team are tackling using semantic technologies:

From Peter Berger's introduction: David Newman serves as a Senior Architect in the Enterprise Architecture group at Wells Fargo Bank. He has been following semantic technology for the last 3 years; and has developed several business ontologies. He has been instrumental in thought leadership at Wells Fargo on the application of Semantic Technology and is a representative of the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC)on the W3C SPARQL Working Group

Synaptica and ProQuest Present at Taxonomy Bootcamp, 2009

Synaptica's CEO, Dave Clarke was proud to join ProQuest's Paula McCoy for a presenation at Taxonomy Boot Camp this year. Their topic was one that often strikes a chord with anyone dealing with the management and indexing of content: "Taxonomies: Tools or People".

It discusses some of the pros and cons of the machine indexing of content versus manual indexing. The presentation was well attended and well received and we are happy to be able to share it with you here.


Should you have any questions on this topic or anything else having to do with the creation, management and dissemination of various types of controlled vocabularies for your organization, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.