We Hit the Airwaves with a ReadWriteTalk Podcast

In early June, I published a ebook about hybrid approaches to Folksonomies and Taxonomies in the Enterprise that has been very well received. Beautifully designed, it provides a high-level overview on why companies should be looking towards user tagging as a part of their content strategies.

So last month when i was approached by ReadWriteTalk about being interviewed for a podcast on the subject of the ebook I was pretty excited and of course a bit nervous at the same time. ReadWriteTalk podcasts are just one of the many podcasts that i listen to on a weekly basis so i certainly did not want to embarrassed myself! But beyond stumbling over some words, i think i did a decent job discussing the reasons I wrote the ebook and highlighting what the ebook covers. Although it is my face on the cover of the ebook (i share some of the behind the scenes as to how that happened), I also spend some time talking about the design of the book and the wonderful team I worked with to get it produced and made available for free download for everyone.

Sean Ammirati interviewed me and did a great job of not only prepping me for the interview but also making me very comfortable as we began discussing the questions he had. The podcast was also transcribed so if you prefer to read it versus hearing me go on and on and on about why it is important to look at some of the benefits of hybrid approaches...you can.

If 'Search' is the Answer, You May Not Be Asking the Right Question

Daniela's latest data visualization post and a conversation with one of the Dow Jones Factiva Project Managers earlier today got me thinking about a presentation I did a couple of years back for the Taxonomy Community of Practice. Seth Earley, TaxoCoP's founder and chief moderator, had once asked me to talk about my experiences with the Google Search Appliance, and part of my argument was to not simply dismiss it - given the cost, ease of implementation, and quality of results, it may (and does) suit the needs of many organizations.

Our Commitment to Data Exchange Standards

The concept of machine automated data exchange is certainly a road that is ever changing course, with many paths splitting off going in this direction or that. Among the many "standards" that evolve it is sometimes hard to discern which paths to follow, and which will end up in a dead-end. Our own Daniela Barbosa participates in many discussions around data portability and can certainly attest to this.

In the development of Synaptica, we have traditionally sought out a policy of trying to be as technically agnostic as we can, leaving things as open ended as possible when it comes to data import and export to allow free and open exchange with external applications and other consumers of taxonomies, thesauri and other types of controlled vocabularies.

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Are We Beauty Obsessed Even in Visualizing Data?

5 Kitties Need Homes, 4 Cute, 1 Ugly. Who went home first?

I found this picture on on flickr by Bethany King and couldn't resist. I would probably pick the ugly one and give it all the catnip it wanted but we all know that the cute ones are probably the ones that in the long run got the most treats.

Showing live 'clickable' examples of something that i am trying to explain is usually the way to go - especially if I am not sitting around a conference room with the 'all powering' whiteboard around to draw pretty pictures (i am actually a horrible artist but that's a whole other conversation!). During those meetings if the examples are 'pretty' and demonstrate the point i am trying to make - then even better because who doesn't like 'cute and pretty'?

Upcoming Events With Dow Jones Synaptica and Taxonomy Services Team


Internally here at Dow Jones we have taken to calling September 'Taxonomy Month' because of the multiple events we are participating, sponsoring and organizing.

So below, listed by date are our 'Taxonomy Month' events- we hope to see you at some of them- and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Welcome from the Synaptica Product Development Team (or A Brief History of Synaptica)

Hello Synaptica Central visitors and welcome to the inauguration of our informational site to teach about and discuss Dow Jones’ vocabulary and metadata management tool, Synaptica. My name is Jim Sweeney and I am the Product Manager for Synaptica. I have been working with or directly working on this application for nearly the last 10 years and it has been quite the journey considering where Synaptica started and where it is today.

Semantic Technologies in the Enterprise Roundtable - September 22nd

This is a reposting from Daniela Barbosa's blog

On September 22nd from 2-6pm in Palo Alto, CA - Christine Connors the Director of Semantic Technology Solutions for Dow Jones and the Business Champion for Synaptica, will be leading a roundtable discussion on the subject of Semantic Technologies in the Enterprise.

Many of our Enterprise Customers have been asking us about semantic technologies and since Christine will be in town to present at Taxonomy Bootcamp in San Jose, we thought it would be a great time to schedule a roundtable discussion on the subject since our May scheduled one had to be canceled due to last minute scheduling conflicts.[read more]

Getting Started with Semantic Technologies

[Note: I originally posted this on my personal blog in May 2008, but it's so much more appropriate here!]

I met a gentleman who was at SemTech for the second time. He was very excited, really jazzed about the whole experience, but still wasn't sure how to win people over back at the office. How could he get them to embrace semantic technologies? It was a hard sell.

I wasn't surprised at all; it's the same song Kevin and I sang when we worked together. We got some great advice from people like Andy Shain and Eric Miller, which I have heard repeated at SemTech each year since.

Take baby steps. Keep it simple.

Hello World!

Welcome to Synaptica Central!

This morning, before officially launching this site, I had occasion to speak with some very smart folks at a small technology company in Illinois. Our conversation ranged across many semantic topics, but it was refreshing to find like minds on the topic of complexity, and it I'd like to share some of the thoughts I had coming out of the meeting.