Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WAND Accounting Taxonomy Released Today!



I am pleased to announce that the WAND Accounting Taxonomy is the latest addition to the WAND Taxonomy Library.

WAND Accounting Taxonomy
WAND's General Business Taxonomy has a branch for accounting and finance, but it includes just 86 terms. However, these 86 terms just scratch the surface. 


The WAND Accounting Taxonomy goes deep.  It includes 899 preferred terms and 692 synonyms and goes deep into important corporate accounting concepts.

The top level terms include Accounting Analysis, Accounting Forms, Accounting Methods, Accounting Policies, Procedures and Standards, Financial Records, and Types of Business Organizations.  

There are other well known accounting taxonomies such as XBRL.  The WAND Accounting Taxonomy is different than XBRL because it is designed to improve search and findability of accounting documents inside a company, whereas XBRL is designed as an XML standard for tagging elements within financial statements.

The WAND Accounting Taxonomy is a unique resource for any organization who needs to improve its ability to organize and search accounting documents.

WAND's Accounting Taxonomy can be imported into any content management system that can support common taxonomy formats including SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013.

Learn more about the WAND Accounting Taxonomy here 








 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tags go mainstream - great news for taxonomy

Apple announced the release of the latest Mac operating system today - Mavericks.

usually, this news would not cause a ripple in the taxonomy world but one new feature that the operating system includes is Tags. Apple has switched to a tag based approach to help users organize and find documents on their computer. 

http://www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html#tags

This marks one of the first formal endorsements of a tagging and taxonomy approach to organizing information as opposed to nested folder structures. 

Consumers will likely come up with their own tags organically as they save files.  However, creating an enterprise Taxonomy is a way for an organization to bring a common language and a common vocabulary to employees so that everybody is tagging with a normalized set of terms. 

Taxonomy and tagging has been the future for organizing information; today's announcement from Apple is a clear sign that taxonomy and tagging is finally coming into its own.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WAND Non-Profit Taxonomy Just Released!

I am excited to announce that WAND has developed a taxonomy exclusively for non-profits.

The WAND Non-Profit Taxonomy was created for any non-profit organization so they may better organize and find their content and documents.

The top level terms include Board of Directors, Budgeting and Financial Management, Bylaws and Policies, Compliance, Donations, Fundraising, Grants, Members, Programs, Public Relations, and Volunteers. The taxonomy covers all of the major concepts, policies, processes and documents that a not-for-profit organization would encounter.

There are 565 categories in the WAND Non-Profit Taxonomy and 258 synonyms.

The WAND Non-Profit Taxonomy provides a foundation set of terminology so a non-profit organization can immediately begin tagging their documents with relevant metadata. The taxonomy can be customized to meet the needs of the organization with terminology specific to their programs.





See more at: http://www.wandinc.com/wand-non-profit-taxonomy.aspx


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

WAND Human Resources Taxonomy Released today!

I am pleased to announce the newest addition to the WAND Taxonomy Library: the WAND Human Resources Taxonomy.

The WAND Human Resources Taxonomy includes 553 terms and 774 synonyms of human resources related concepts, processes, and documents.

This is a major jump start for any human resources department that needs to build a taxonomy to
make its assets more findable. Perfect for internal HR department use and also for a company who may be building an intranet and wants to make human resources information - like forms or benefits documents, for example - more easily located for its employees.

Top level terms include personnel files, company policies, compensation and payroll, employee benefits, HR administration, recruitment, hiring, and termination, and training and career development.

Learn more at:

http://www.wandinc.com/wand-human-resources-taxonomy.aspx

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

WAND K-12 School District Taxonomy now released!

I am proud to announce that the WAND K-12 Taxonomy (a.k.a. the WAND School District Taxonomy) is now available.
WAND K-12 Top Level Terms
WAND created this taxonomy to cater to school districts who want to better organize documents and content.

Developed by a former school board member, the WAND K-12 Taxonomy has 733 terms and an additional 359 synonyms covering all the major concepts, processes, and documents that a school district would encounter including academics, activities, athletics, administration, facilities, personnel, support services, and more.

The WAND K-12 Taxonomy is a foundation taxonomy meaning it is designed to get a school district a starting point that is 80% of what is needed in a taxonomy.  From there, a district can customize the taxonomy with terminology that is specific to that district.



See more at www.wandinc.com/k-12-taxonomy.aspx










Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Can taxonomies in the term store be used to control IM Policies such as retention and disposition?

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.

This week's question is: "Can taxonomies in the term store be used to control IM Policies such as retention and disposition?"

Answer: There are two ways that one can control records retention and disposition policies in SharePoint.  Content types can be used to set up retention policies directly.  This is the default method in SharePoint and it means a document will receive its rentention policy based upon the content type it has.

If you don't want to use content types, taxonomies from the term store can be used for records retention, but in a more indirect method than content types.  You can’t set up retention/disposition schedules directly from managed metadata. However, you can use the Content Organizer feature to direct a document to a given folder based on metadata that has been applied to that document. Then, set up the “Source of Retention” to be Library and Folders instead of Content Types.  You then assign the retention schedule at the folder level. Then, when a document is checked in and tagged with metadata, it will be routed to a folder where a retention schedule is applied. 

 
In this screenshot, the content organizer is being set up to route documents to a certain location based upon managed metadata
 

 
Now, a retention schedule is being applied to a folder. All documents in this folder will inherit the same retention schedule.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What are the considerations for using picklists versus taxonomies in SharePoint?

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.
 
This week's question is: "If the taxonomy is only being used to sort and filter documents in a single library, what are the pros/cons of using a term set vs. a choice list.  With just a few choices (e.g., 2 - 10) a list seems like it may be easier to implement and use.  Any other considerations for choice lists vs. term sets?

Answer: There are a few considerations of term sets vs choice lists:

1) Do I want to be able to associate synonyms to a term?
2) Do I need to translate terms?
3) Do I want to have the terms organized in a hierarchy?
4) Do you want to share the picklist across libraries or sites?
5) Do you want to make changes to a shared list of terms and have those changes populate everywhere the set is used?

If your  answer to any of these is yes, then you should use a term set instead of a pick list.  

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July from WAND!

Wondering what a taxonomy is? Here's a small example in honor of American Independence Day:

Calendar
    --> Holidays
              -->U.S. Holidays
                          --> Fourth of  July

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Is an enterprise taxonomy necessary for managing enterprise records and information or is a controlled vocabulary sufficient for most organizations?

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.
 
This week's question is: "Is an enterprise taxonomy necessary for managing enterprise records and information or is a controlled vocabulary sufficient for most organizations?"

A controlled vocabulary is a list of terms that may include synonyms but does not include any relationships between terms.  This becomes difficult to manage in cases where there are a large number of terms. Controlled vocabularies can be organized alphabetically, but eventually the size may make it difficult for somebody to find their desired term in the alphabetical list. This is where having a hierarchy can make a set of terms more usable and more easily manageable.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Should I use metadata tagging or rely on site structure (sites/libraries/folders) to organize content in SharePoint?"

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.
 
This week's question is: "Should I use metadata tagging or rely on site structure (sites/libraries/folders) to organize content in SharePoint?"'

In our experience, a combination of site structure and tags will give the optimal results.  Even though tagging is valuable, it can’t replace site structure because it is valuable to have different sites and libraries to target broad sets of content to different audiences.   Or, you may want to have different security settings or permissions for different content sets, which cannot be easily done with metadata alone.

Tags add value to a site structure approach to help users filter through documents within a site or library. Without tags, you would have to create a very details set of sites, libraries, and folders and it most likely would not be scalable.  Also, when doing a keyword search across all sites and libraries, tags will help filter those results in a way that site structure alone cannot do.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Come see the new WAND website at www.wandinc.com

The team at WAND has been hard at work redesigning our website and we've officially re-launched it at www.wandinc.com.

We believe this new website better reflects the products and services that we are bringing to the market.   For the first time, all of the taxonomies that WAND offers are reflected on our website, instead of just the limited subset that previously appears.

You can also learn more about WAND Within, our taxonomy partnership program,.



Interested in taxonomy professional services, WAND has a variety of services that we are performing for our clients.

We also have a brand new WAND Knowledge Library where you can find white papers, solution papers, videos, and other resources about taxonomy and the value they bring to organizing information.

Check it out: www.wandinc.com

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How do I create a managed metadata column in SharePoint?

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.
 
This week's question is: "How do I create a managed metadata column in SharePoint?"
 
 
Answer: Managed metadata columns are where taxonomy terms from the SharePoint term store get populated.  Last week, we looked at how the enterprise keyword column is used in SharePoint.  The Enterprise Keywords column is the default managed metadata column, but for many people, it may be necessary or desirable to create a custom column for taxonomies.  To do this, you need to create a new managed metadata column.

Metadata columns can be created and associated to either sites or lists and can be further referenced by a content type.  To create a new site column, you need to go to "Site Settings" and then "Site Columns" which is under the Galleries section.  You then click "Create" and you'll be presented with the new column creation screen.  Under "type" you will select Managed Metadata radio button.  This column is now connected to the term store and you will have the opportunity to associate it with any specific term set in the term store. Only terms from the specific term set you select will be valid values in this column, thus a custom managed metadata column is more specific than the Enterprise Keywords column.   Again, the Enterprise Keywords column can be populated with any terms from the term store. 





In the example in the image above, the managed metadata column has been created and only terms from the WAND General Business Taxonomy will be valid values for this column.

To create a custom managed metadata column at the library or list level, you simply choose "Create Column" in the ribbon bar at the top under "Library tools" or "List tools" respectively.





Thursday, May 30, 2013

WAND Sentiment Taxonomy

The WAND Sentiment Taxonomy contains 966 sentiment terms organized from Very Dissatisfied, Dissatisfied, Neutral, Satisfied, and Very Satisfied.  This taxonomy was specifically designed to help power sentiment analysis engines to understand the tone of text content such as reviews.

It includes an extensive set of adjectives, adverbs, profanity, and more pulled from real world reviews of products and services and other text on the internet.  We've previously discussed this taxonomy on this blog a few years ago, but wanted to share a screenshot in today's post.

http://blog.wandinc.com/2010/11/sentiment-analysis-taxonomy.html

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How is the Enterprise Keywords column used in SharePoint?

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.
 
This week's question is: "How is the Enterprise Keywords column used in SharePoint?"
 
 
Answer: Enterprise Keywords is a default column that is turned on out of the box in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013. Enterprise Keywords is a managed metadata column that may be  populated with three things:

1) Any terms from the SharePoint Term Store. This includes any terms from any taxonomy/term set as well as any “Managed Keywords”. 

2) If a document is checked into SharePoint that already has tags associated with it, then those tags will be added to the Enterprise Keywords field automatically at time of check in.  Most documents added to SharePoint won't have this metadata (because most people don't take the time to add keyword metadata to documents), but some will.   These keywords will then show up in the term store under “Managed Keywords”

3) If the term store administrator has made the “Managed Keywords” term set an open term set, then users can enter any keyword they wish into the Enterprise Keywords column.  Management of these user generated tags should be part of your SharePoint governance process.

More information can be found at:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-help/add-an-enterprise-keywords-column-to-a-list-or-library-HA102832526.aspx



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Introducing the WAND News Taxonomy

I'm happy to announce the WAND News taxonomy is now available as the latest addition to the WAND Taxonomy library.

The WAND News Taxonomy is a big one - 30,730 terms and 869 synonyms - covering politics, world events, entertainment, technology,  business, economy, living, technology, and government.  This taxonomy has a huge set of entities - bands, musicians, actors, politicians, major companies, countries, cities, and sports teams are all covered.

If you are trying to organize a large volume of unstructured news related content, you should evaluate the WAND News Taxonomy to see how it can make your solution better.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How many taxonomies and terms can be in the SharePoint Term Store?"

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.

This week's question is: "How many taxonomies and terms can be in the SharePoint Term Store?"

Answer: There are some maximum supported limits in the term store per Microsoft:  Maximum number of term sets in a term store is 1000. The maximum number of terms in a term set is 30,000.  The maximum total number of terms in a term store is 1,000,000.    Finally, the maximum number of levels of a term set is 7. 

The good news, is that in the vast majority of cases the practical limits occur before you will encounter SharePoint limits.

More info can be found at:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-server-help/create-and-manage-terms-within-term-sets-HA101631581.aspx

Thursday, May 16, 2013

WAND Medical Equipment and Supplies Taxonomy

With 1,066 terms, the WAND Medical Equipment and Supplies Taxonomy has deep coverage of equipment and supplies used in hospitals, doctor’s offices, or other medical environments.
WAND Medical Equipment and Supplies

The WAND Medical Equipment and Supplies Taxonomy can be combined with the WAND Medical Diagnosis and Specialties Taxonomy and the WAND Medical Services Taxonomy for greater coverage of medical topics.

The Medical Equipment and Supplies Taxonomy was built as part of the WAND Product and Service Taxonomy and includes rich attribute templates for each category, making it powerful when used for product or inventory cataloging purposes.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

WAND Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy

For the first time on our blog, I'm happy to share info about the WAND Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy.  The WAND Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy covers medical conditions, such as cancer, anemia, disabilities as well as medical specialties such as oncology and cardiology.
Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy

With highly relevant medical terminology organized into a simple and straightforward hierarchy, this taxonomy is ideal for a hospital or other medical business that wants to help make medical information easy to find for doctors, patients, and other stakeholders. 

While not as extensive as some medical taxonomies such as ICD 9/10 or Mesh, the WAND Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy is also not nearly as complex as these taxonomies and excels for applications where user interface and ease of use is paramount.

The WAND Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy would be great as a starter taxonomy for a hospital website.

If you are interested in the WAND Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy, you may also want to take a look at the WAND Medical Equipment and Supplies Taxonomy

Check out the WAND Medical Conditions and Specialties Taxonomy  and all of our other taxonomies at our new WAND Within website, featuring leading technology vendors whose technologies can take advantage of any of the taxonomies from WAND.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What are the differences between the taxonomy and term store features in SharePoint 2013 versus SharePoint 2010?"

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.

This week's question is: "What are the differences between the taxonomy and term store features in SharePoint 2013 versus SharePoint 2010?"


Answer: SharePoint 2013 term store will have all of the features that the SharePoint 2010 term store has, so anybody using the 2010 term store will see a smooth transition to the 2013 term store.    The SharePoint 2013 term store, however, does include some significant enhancements to the way that you can use taxonomies. 

One particularly significant change is the SharePoint 2013 term store allows you to create a term set that can be used to as the navigation structure of your SharePoint site. What this means is that you can create a site taxonomy and then SharePoint will automatically create pages (with URLS that include the taxonomy terms) corresponding with the taxonomy you have created.  Thus, you are using the term store to control your site navigation.

Another change is the ability to manage query spelling correction in the SharePoint 2013 term store.  Terms that you enter in the Query spelling Inclusion List will be candidate terms to appear in “Did you Mean” when users are searching. So, if you add the word “Restaurant” to the Query Spelling Inclusion List, if a user searches for “Restrant”, the SharePoint search will offer a “Did you mean restaurants” result to the user.

The third big change is that SharePoint 2013 has the ability to do some custom entity extraction based on term sets.  This in many ways is a very lightweight version of automatic tagging, however there are heavy limitations in the types of rules that can be created.  Essentially, you can maintain a list of terms for which you want to do entity extraction and then map these custom entities to a refiner property.  Then, when content is indexed, any of these entities that match will be extracted and placed in the mapped managed property column and will show up as a custom refiner in search. This is best used for things like company name, people, or other well defined entities. It will not be very effective to classify a document to a business process, because of the limitations on the matching rules.

Finally, while not Term Store specific, many of the features of FAST search engine have been included in the SharePoint 2013 search so the overall search capability is substantially upgraded. While in SharePoint 2010, companies could either use SharePoint Enterprise search or upgrade to FAST search, for SharePoint 2013, the two have basically been combined and included out of the box.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

How do you add language translations to your taxonomy in the SharePoint Term Store?

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.

This week's question is: "How do you add language translations to your taxonomy  in the SharePoint Term Store?"


Answer: Adding languages in the term store takes place in the administration options for the Managed Metadata Service.    In this screen, you can select your primary language and then add additional “working” languages. You will be able to add taxonomy translations for any of the working language at the term level in the term store.
 


Adding working languages in the SharePoint term store
 

 
You will be able to add taxonomy translations for any of the working language at the term level in the term store.  To do this, select your desired language from the language drop down and then place your language translation in the Default Label box. Any synonyms in that language can be added as Other Labels.
 

 




 
From Microsoft (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-server-help/work-with-multi-lingual-term-sets-HA101631585.aspx):

For site users, multi-lingual term sets offer the following benefits:

·          Site users can tag content in the language in which they are viewing a site (if terms have been translated into that language).

·          Users will also see managed terms displayed in their preferred language, regardless of the actual default language of the term store.

·          Tag clouds will also reflect the site usage of a term, regardless of the language in which a term was applied.


Multiple language foundation taxonomies are available from WAND, Inc.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy

The WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy is another taxonomy from WAND focused on the financial industry that has been available for a while now but had not yet been blogged about.

WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy
The WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy covers all the major topics and concepts of the
investment industry.  1526 categories and 1006 synonyms cover topics relating to asset types, financial intermediaries, financial crimes, regulations, benchmarks, analysis tools, and markets and exchanges.

The WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy is ideal for tagging financial industry research so users can quickly find the data they are looking for or for internal documents that an investment firm may have.   

The WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy can be used in any of our WAND Within partner applications as well as quickly imported into SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online, Wordpress, Drupal, or any application that can use taxonomies.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

WAND Food and Beverage Taxonomy

WAND Food and Beverage Taxonomy
The WAND Food and Beverage Taxonomy is another branch that we have extracted from the WAND Product and Service Taxonomy.  Our Food and Beverage Taxonomy has been available for years and been used by a major food and beverage manufacturer to tag internal research documents for a team of food scientists.   But, we haven't put it up on our blog, and wanted to share the news of this taxonomy with our blog audience.

The WAND Foods and Beverages Taxonomy includes 1,278 terms including foods, beverages, ingredients, and additives.  Additionally, each term has a unique attribute/attribute value template associated with it which can be used for product attribution.

Broadly, this taxonomy includes anything that somebody may consume as food, including some prepared foods and is ideal for restaurants, groceries, and food manufacturers. 

Anybody interested in the WAND Food and Beverage Taxonomy may also wish to consider the WAND Sensory Taxonomy and the WAND Food Service Equipment and Supplies Taxonomy.

Check out the WAND Food and Beverage Taxonomy and all of our other taxonomies at our new WAND Within website, featuring leading technology vendors whose technologies can take advantage of any of the taxonomies from WAND.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In SharePoint, can terms from more than one taxonomy be assigned to the same document?

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week
Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience. 

This week's question is, "In SharePoint, can terms from more than one taxonomy be assigned to the same document?"

Answer: Terms from multiple term sets or taxonomies can be tagged to a document by using separate columns or the enterprise keywords column.   The Enterprise Keywords column is a default SharePoint column which is set up so that it can be populated with any managed terms or managed keywords.    So, a document can be tagged to terms from all taxonomies in the Enterprise Keywords column by default. 

Alternatively, you can create separate columns at the site, library, or content type level and have each column be populated with a different taxonomy.  In the screenshot enclosed, you can see that the document library has been set up with two different columns, each being populated with terms from a separate taxonomy, or term set. In this case, one column has been set up for "Location", which is assigned to a geography taxonomy, and one column is set up for "Document Content", which is assigned to a separate term set/taxonomy.   This approach can be more intuitive for users rather than putting all terms into a single Enterprise Keywords column, because the appropriate place to put tags will be more obvious to the user and also filtering within the library is a little bit more intuitive as well.



This answer is applicable to SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and SharePoint Online.


If you are just starting with the SharePoint Term Store and need a taxonomy to get started with, download a free SharePoint Taxonomy from WAND. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WAND announces nine leading information management vendors have joined as founding members of the new ‘WAND Within’ taxonomy partnership program

WAND Within expands the distribution of WAND’s taxonomy library amidst growing customer demand for taxonomies to enhance search, content, and information management.

Denver, CO, USA --- WAND, Inc., the world’s leading provider of taxonomies in the information management industry, today announced the launch of its WAND WithinTM Taxonomy partnership initiative with an impressive roster of nine top search and information management vendors who each will be offering the WAND Taxonomies to customers as a part of its respective technology solution.

WAND Within founding partners include BA Insight, Cloud2, Concept Searching, DataFacet, Forest Rim Technologies, Pingar, PoolParty, Smartlogic and TEMIS. WAND has worked with each partner to ensure that the WAND Taxonomies integrate with and add significant value to each respective solution.  Each WAND Within Partner will be making WAND Taxonomies available for purchase in conjunction with its technology in order to bring a more complete solution to the market.

The WAND Within program further strengthens and affirms WAND’s position in the market as the premier provider of taxonomy for information management.  WAND Within partners have a significant competitive advantage because the WAND Within name communicates to customers that the chosen technology solution is enhanced with proven, market-tested taxonomies built by the taxonomy experts at WAND.  Taxonomy is a critical ingredient of an information management solution, and each WAND Within partner can now bring this ingredient to the table as a part of its solution.

WAND is also announcing the launch of a WAND Within website at www.wandwithin.com where customers can get more information about each partner solution, how the solutions benefit from WAND Taxonomy, and data sheets for each of the WAND Within taxonomies.

“The reception for our WAND Within partnership program in the vendor community has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Mark Leher, WAND’s COO.  Leher continued to say that “the amount of unstructured content that companies generate each year continues to increase, and the demand for taxonomy to better organize this content has seen corresponding growth.  Now, the WAND Taxonomies that have been proven in the market since 1983 are available to the market through our WAND Within vendor partners, giving a customers a one stop shop for the software and taxonomies they need to take control of unstructured information.”

WAND Taxonomies have been carefully created for both industry verticals and business topic including oil and gas, mining, higher education, real estate, building and construction management, local government, financial services, banking, insurance, sales and marketing, human resources, project management, records retention, legal, IT, local government, skills, sentiment, medical conditions, chemicals, automotive parts, scientific and technical equipment, medical equipment and supplies, apparel, tools and hardware, office supplies, consumer electronics, sporting goods, and products and services .  WAND’s breadth of taxonomy topics helps WAND Within partners serve customers in nearly any business or industry, and WAND regularly releases new taxonomies to address additional topics.


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About WAND, Inc.

 

Since 1983, WAND has developed multi-lingual taxonomies to improve the way our clients search and organize unstructured and semi-structured information. WAND is the premier source for industry vertical taxonomies, business taxonomies, and specialty domain specific taxonomies. The breadth and coverage of WAND’s taxonomy library is unmatched, and, for years, WAND Taxonomies have been used by thousands of companies around the world to organize information.  

Applications where the WAND Taxonomies are being deployed include enterprise content management, e-commerce, spend analysis, enterprise search, behavioral targeting, big data, text analytics, local search, online yellow pages, and business directories.

WAND’s taxonomy professional services practice offers taxonomy development and customization, taxonomy mapping, and data classification services.  Our professional services team makes sure that our clients are successful when deploying taxonomies.

WAND is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

For more information about WAND’s taxonomies and services, please visit http://www.wandinc.com, http://blog.wandinc.com, and www.wandwithin.com.

 

 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In the SharePoint Term Store, what is difference between the term groups above the line and below the line?"

SharePoint Managed Metadata Question of the Week

Each week we will be featuring an audience question from WAND's recent webinar, "Managed Metadata 101: Taxonomies and Tagging in SharePoint," and sharing the answer with our blog audience.

This week's question is, "In the SharePoint Term Store, what is difference between the term groups above the line and below the line ?"

Answer: In the SharePoint term store, term groups above the line are your groups of managed terms. These are your taxonomies in SharePoint and you can create your own groups above the line.  The term groups below the line are system term groups which covers three things:

1)   Enterprise Keywords, which are terms that your users have “free-form” tagged in SharePoint
using the Enterprise Keywords column or the ‘Tags and  Notes’ feature.   Enterprise keywords can be reviewed and promoted to become managed terms if you like and these are good to review regularly to see what terminology your users are using.

2)   Orphaned Terms.  This term set contains terms that were being shared in other term sets, and the owning Term was deleted.  You should assign ownership of the term to one of its shared terms.

3)   Custom Term Sets. These are terms sets that are custom created at the site collection level. 

This answer is applicable to SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and SharePoint Online.


If you are just starting with the SharePoint Term Store and need a taxonomy to get started with, download a free SharePoint Taxonomy from WAND. 





Monday, April 15, 2013

Managed MetaData 101: Taxonomy and Tagging in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013

WAND does a regular webinar for people who have downloaded our Free SharePoint Taxonomy to explain the mechanics of using taxonomies in SharePoint 2010.  The most recent session was March 13, 2013.

If you are starting a SharePoint Taxonomy project, this is a great way to learn about the taxonomy features in SharePoint.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

SharePoint Taxonomy: How to Start

Are you wondering how to start with SharePoint Taxonomy?

Many people have heard about the value of managed metadata, term store, and tagging in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 but don't have a taxonomy and are wondering what a taxonomy looks like and how to get started. 

Download a free SharePoint Taxonomy from WAND and begin to see how taxonomy, managed metadata, and the term store in SharePoint can improve searching and findability of your SharePoint content.  This taxonomy is a starter set of terms covering Legal, IT, HR, Accounting and Finance, and Sales and Marketing

http://sharepointtaxonomy.com/wand-general-business-taxonomy-for-sharepoint

Once you have become comfortable with what taxonomy is, WAND has a wide selection of more detailed and specific taxonomies to get you started for your industry or business topic. See what taxonomies are available for SharePoint at:

http://blog.wandinc.com/p/sharepoint-2010-2013-and-online.html



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WAND Local Government Taxonomy Officially Launches

WAND is proud to announce the launch of another new title in its foundation taxonomy library - the WAND Local Government Taxonomy. 

WAND Local Government Taxonomy
Designed specifically for city, county, and other local municipal government organizations, the Local Government Taxonomy includes 1,224 categories with 110 synonyms for important local government functions, documents, forms, fees, and more. 

Top level concepts include Administrative, Culture and Recreation, Economic Development, Elections, Facilities, Information Technology, Judicial, Municipal Personnel, Public Safety, Public Welfare, Public, Works, Revenues and Financing, and Transportation.

The WAND Local Government Taxonomy can be used by a local or city government to jump start a taxonomy project.  Once installed in a document management software, such as SharePoint, Oracle Webcenter, Documentum, and many others, the taxonomy can be customized with terms that are specific to any specific municipality and then is ready to be used to begin to tag documents.


Jump start a taxonomy project for
any municipalityby starting with
hundreds of highly relevant terms
The intuitive hierarchy of local government terminology can then be displayed as intuitive left hand navigation filters in search so that city government users can easily narrow search results and find exactly the content they are looking for.

WAND continues to be the industry leader in providing taxonomies to our clients to improve the way that unstructured information is organized, managed, and searched.  Local government is just one of many industries and horizontal business topics for which WAND is providing taxonomies to leading organizations around the world.

Contact WAND today to schedule a demo of our new Local Government Taxonomy by emailing mleher at wandinc.com.




Monday, February 11, 2013

"WAND Within" Taxonomy Partnership Program

The WAND blog has been quiet in 2013 so far but we have been hard at work and we are going to begin to make a little bit more noise  First, today I'm making a soft announcement that we have launched a brand new partnership program called "WAND Within" designed to pair WAND's industry and business taxonomies with leading technologies around the world which are made more powerful and effective with the WAND taxonomies.

We will begin to announce the founding WAND Within partners over the next few weeks - it's an impressive roster of names.  If a company is a WAND Within partner, it means that the combination of the WAND Taxonomies with the partner technology results in a superior information management experience for the end user.   As the taxonomy leader, we are proud to be partnering with best in class technology providers who want to be able to offer our taxonomies as an integral part of their solution.  Its a case of 1+1 = 3 and a real win for the customer.

Over the next few weeks, we'll also be announcing some new taxonomies that we've been hard at work on, the WAND Local Government Taxonomy, the WAND Wastewater Utilities Taxonomy and the WAND Water Utilities Taxonomy.

Stay tuned - 2013 is going to be an exciting year for WAND.