Aristotle Had It Right – How Come We Don’t?
Statistics show that over 90 percent of organizations rely on end user tagging, sustaining the use of inaccurate and erroneous metadata applied to unstructured and semi-structured content. Since the metadata feeds search, what the heck kind of decisions are you making?
Typical taxonomy solutions often lack the ability to extract the concepts within content, so do not generate semantic metadata or provide auto-classification capabilities. This means organizations are stymied, as the use of erroneous metadata impacts any application that requires metadata, prohibiting the development of workflow processes to improve the processing of content.
The time has come, folks. The lack of accurate metadata and the inappropriate management of it cause enormous organizational risk.
I am sorry to burst your bubble, but don’t wait for artificial intelligence or natural language processing. They aren’t ready for prime time. Plus, if you are not managing your metadata, and generating accurate metadata, your organization will begin to fail.
Too drastic a view? Nope. Everything surrounding technology is based on metadata. So are your applications. The amount of content has far surpassed structured data, and continues to do so. Quite simply, you can no longer ignore it.
Ok, enough gloom and doom. 1400 years ago, a man named Aristotle came up with a game plan to place plants and animals in categories. Today, the Aristotles of the world place metadata in categories, to lump like content together. Taxonomies can be used to:
- Deploy a metadata repository
- Identify vulnerabilities, to prevent data breaches
- Automatically process records – without end user tagging
- Improve the quality of migrations
- Identify content that has no value, and can be deleted
- Significantly improve search results
Sort of a wonder, when you think that one tool can help you address these challenges and more. If you are using taxonomies to manage your metadata, let me know whether you are using them for an application bottleneck that I didn’t mention.
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