Thursday, October 4, 2018

WAND Gas Utilities Taxonomy - Updated!


You may be familiar with our WAND Electric and Gas Utilities Taxonomy which has been a part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal for several years.  In 2016, we decided that it was time to also create an expanded independent Utilities Taxonomy and then follow that with individual taxonomies for the various utility providers.  The WAND Electric and Gas Utilities Taxonomy has remained as a legacy taxonomy.


The revised WAND Gas Utilities Taxonomy now provides a foundation of 365 terms and 267 synonyms and can be customized to fit the needs of any Gas Utility Company.

This taxonomy includes terms relating Natural Gas Utilities Infrastructure, Pipeline Development, Maintenance and Repairs, and Metrics as well as Natural Gas Agreements and Contracts, Associations and Organizations, Forms and Applications, and FERC Natural Gas Markets.

The WAND Gas Utilities Taxonomy is designed to provide terms specific to gas utility companies and should be used in conjunction with the WAND Utilities Taxonomy.  The WAND Electric Utilities Taxonomy is also available for companies that provide both Gas and Electricity to their customers.  

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Gas Utilities Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

WAND Engineering Taxonomy Revision Released

The WAND Engineering Taxonomy has been expanded!  The taxonomy now provides 1,611 terms and 736 synonyms that can be customized to include specific terms to meet the document management needs of any company involved in engineering.

Top level terms include Engineering Documents, Drawings, Materials, the Engineering Design Process, Fields,, Professional Certifications and Licenses, and Requirements and Standards.


Significant additions have been made to the Design Process, Engineering Documents, and Engineering Drawings.

New Sections include Engineering Organizations, Requirements and Standards, and Professional Certifications and Licenses. 


The WAND Engineering Taxonomy provides a strong foundation for any enterprise that needs to tag and organize documents relating to the engineering industry.

The companion to this taxonomy is the WAND Manufacturing Taxonomy. As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Engineering Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WAND Fire Department Taxonomy Update!



This month we also reviewed and updated the WAND Fire Department Taxonomy.  The focus of this update was to review the current taxonomy and look for additional terms, and synonyms.

The updated WAND Fire Department Taxonomy has 1,551 categories and 967 synonyms.

The top level term Forms has been expanded to Forms, Records, and Permits.

Other top level terms include Facilities, Equipment, types of Fire Departments, Fees, and Fire Codes.


There are also Firefighting Tactics and Techniques, Firefighting and Rescues, Maintenance and Inspections, Programs and Services, Organizations and Associations, Personnel, Training and Education, and Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines.

The WAND Fire Department Taxonomy provides a strong foundation of terms and can be customized to include additional terms related to a specific type of Fire Department whether it be a Municipal, Federal, Contract, Volunteer, Combination, or other type of Fire Department.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Fire Department Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.




Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Release: FidraSoft and WAND Announce the Launch of DiscoverMe(TM) Enterprise Skills Profiles and Expert Finder for SharePoint

June 7, 2018 - - Denver, CO, USA - - FidraSoft Ltd. and WAND, Inc. are proud to announce the availability of DiscoverMe, a new product that provides a taxonomy-based talent profile for every employee. Employees of an organization complete a DiscoverMe profile by choosing from predefined lists of skills and areas of expertise. With the DiscoverMe expertise search engine, each employee can be found by colleagues who are looking for somebody who can help solve a problem or answer a question. Management can use business intelligence software to create reports on the skills profile of the organization.
DiscoverMe drives employee engagement by enabling workers to expose skills and expertise so they can be found by people who need that knowledge. Employees can recognize a colleague directly on a DiscoverMe profile via skills endorsements and narrative recommendations.
DiscoverMe is created by FidraSoft and powered by WAND. Access to the WAND Taxonomy Library is included with DiscoverMe so customers can use professionally created taxonomies to define a set of relevant skills for their organization. The WAND Taxonomy Library includes taxonomies for every industry vertical and business function.
DiscoverMe deploys as an add-in for SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016, or SharePoint Online. Hybrid deployments are also supported.
“DiscoverMe was created to meet the needs of companies who wanted an easy way to enable expert search and advanced people finders within their organization,” according to FidraSoft’s Managing Director, Rick Campbell. “DiscoverMe makes it possible for companies to search the complete knowledge of their organization – including documents and people.”
Mark Leher, WAND’s COO, added that “DiscoverMe is an ideal use for the WAND Taxonomies. Capturing employee skills in a structured manner with taxonomies is critical to enabling the high-quality expertise search and the skills based reporting and analytics that companies need.”
Visit http://www.discovermepro.com to learn more about DiscoverMe.
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About FidraSoft
While the team at Fidra have been working with Microsoft’s SharePoint platform and related technologies since 1999, FidraSoft was incorporated in 2016 to focus specifically on the development and support of DiscoverMe®®, SharePoint add-in software that provides the easiest and most consistent way for people to share and find expertise across the enterprise. FidraSoft are based in the UK with all software development activities being undertaken by our experienced, in-house UK team.
As part of the Fidra group, we have full access to the experience and expertise of the Fidra Consulting team (see http://www.fidraconsulting.com) to support our Customers and the ongoing development of DiscoverMe. We are also delighted to be working with WAND Inc. of Denver, Colorado, world leaders in the provision of taxonomies for the Enterprise and our key Partner for delivering DiscoverMe.
FidraSoft is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
About WAND, Inc.
Since 1983, WAND (http://www.wandinc.com) has developed foundation 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 function 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.
WAND has been providing taxonomies for SharePoint clients since 2009, when SharePoint 2010 was released.
WAND is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WAND Fleet Management Update!


This month we reviewed and updated the WAND Fleet Management Taxonomy.  The focus of this update was to review the current taxonomy and look for additional terms, and synonyms.

The updated WAND Fleet Management Taxonomy has 1,081 categories and 250 Synonyms.

Fleet Metrics and Vehicle Technology Systems have been added to the top level terms.  Fleet Tracking, as a narrower term of Fleet Operations, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations have been expanded.


This taxonomy includes the areas of Compliance, Documents, Policies and Procedures, Vehicles and Heavy Equipment, and Risk Management.  

There are also terms relating to Fleet Organizations and Regulatory Agencies.


The WAND Fleet Management Taxonomy provides a strong foundation of terms and can be customized to include additional terms related to a specific type of fleet.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Fleet Management Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

WAND Facilities Management Update!


This month we reviewed and updated the WAND Facilities Management Taxonomy.  New terms have been added throughout this comprehensive taxonomy. 

The WAND Facilities Management Taxonomy has 759 categories and 374 synonyms relating to all areas of Facilities Management including Management and Services, Sustainability Management, and Facilitiy Inspections and Testing.


Maintenance and Repairs now includes the area of Custodial Services, along with Maintenance Requests, Landscape and Grounds Maintenance, Emergency Maintenance and Repairs, and more.  

There are also terms relating to Safety and Security Management, Policies and Procedures, Documents, and Facility Billing and Rates.


The WAND Facilities Management Taxonomy provides a strong foundation of terms and can be customized to include additional terms related to a specific type of facility.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Facilities Management Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Drug Development and Manufacturing Taxonomy Updates

We have just updated the WAND Drug Development and Manufacturing Taxonomy.  This taxonomy now has 3,629 terms with 2,311 synonyms covering Drug Discovery, Development, Approval, and much more.  It can be customized to include terms specific to the drugs that are currently being, or have been, developed.


The development of a new drug is a process that takes a considerable amount of time.  It includes the  preclinical and clinical trials process, and obtaining regulatory approval.  The average time develop a drug is 12 years.  Then the manufacturing process begins.

The WAND Drug Development and Manufacturing Taxonomy Taxonomy is specifically designed to provide anyone involved in the development and manufacturing of new medicines the ability to tag and organize the enormous number of documents generated during these processes.

Higher level terms include Discovery, Development, Drug Application Types, Drug Approval, Drug Development Agreements, Research Funding Sources, and Regulators, Regulations and Guidance Documents.

The taxonomy also includes the topics of Preclinical Development, Clinical Development, all phases of the Clinical Trials, Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics.

On the manufacturing side, higher level terms include Materials, Products, Manufacturing Processes, and Risk Management.

Use the WAND Drug Development and Manufacturing Taxonomy to better organize data and content as you navigate the path of indentifying, developing, and manufacturing a safe and effective new drug.  The companion taxonomies are the WAND Manufacturing Taxonomy - an overarching taxonomy - and the WAND Packaging Taxonomy.

The WAND Drug Development and Manufacturing Taxonomy, as with all WAND Taxonomies, is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Friday, April 20, 2018

eCommerce Taxonomy for large product catalogs - introducing Swagiggle.com

We wanted to take a moment on our blog to introduce our new in-house project, a Shopping search engine - Swagiggle.com

We started Swagiggle to show the power of well organized product data and how we can use our own tools to make it happen.

The WAND eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM is an innovative product that helps retailers organize their product data by doing three things:

1) An eCommerce taxonomy category hierarchy, attributes and specification templates editor that lets retailers create their own custom category structure into which they would like to categorize their products.   For each product category, a specification, or attribute, template can be defined detailing the metadata that should be collected on items placed in this category.



2) Providing access to WAND's library of pre-defined product and service categories (organized into a hierarchy) and attribute templates.  This pre-defined taxonomy content substantially speeds up the process of creating an eCommerce product taxonomy

3) Product information Management Capability which allows our clients to manage and enrich their product data including categorizing the products to the custom taxonomy that has been created in the tool.  Specifications can be assigned to specific products and other metadata fields like descriptions and pricing can be managed in the tool.    The WAND PIM helps clients by leveraging the taxonomy created to automatically suggest product categories and attributes for individual SKUs based upon the description provided.



WAND decided to become our own customer and we are using the WAND eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM to create a brand new comparison shopping search engine called Swagiggle.com.   Swagiggle is now in beta release and you can play with it!    We have taken more than 225,000 products across dozens of online retailers and placed them into a detailed eCommerce taxonomy with more than 2,000 categories.  We think our categorization is second to none in its depth and specificity.  We'll be adding new products and new categories all the time.    Next on our to-do list is to begin assigning attributes to the individual products in our categories so that users can easily filter to the product they'd like to buy based on brand, color, size, and more.



We'll be posting more updates and details as we add new features to Swagiggle and to our eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM.  If you'd like to explore how to use the WAND eCommerce Taxonomy Portal and PIM to organize your product data - give us a shout.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Introducing The WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy

Our latest taxonomy is the WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy.  Just as every state is unique, so too are their state agencies.  They all have varying types of documents with their own terminologies.    
That makes this taxonomy a little different.  It's designed to provide a higher level framework for a state agency and allows the agency to expand the taxonomy to fit their specific needs.

The WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy contains 82 preferred terms and 16 synonyms. 

Top level areas include Boards and Commissions, Forms and Templates, and Processes and Procedures.

Other areas to be expanded include Communication and Engagement, Compliance and Enforcement, Events, Financial Assistance, Information and Resources, Licensing and Permits, Regulatory Documents, Regulatory Process, and Rules and Regulations.

The WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy is the perfect starting point to create a unique taxonomy to fit a state agency's requirements. 

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND State Government Agency Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Introducing The WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy

The WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy has been expanded.  It provides over 5,470 terms and 874 synonyms and can be customized to include specific terms to meet the document management needs of any company involved in aerospace engineering.

Top level terms include Aerospace Engineering Disciplines, Aerospace Vehicles, Design, Aerospace Materials, Maintenance, Documentation, Research and Development, and Standards.

Also included are Regulatory Agencies, Associations, Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, and Department of Defense Aerospace Vehicle Designations.

Within Aerospace Vehicles are the areas of Aircraft, Rockets and Missiles, and Spacecraft.

Design covers Aircraft Design, Spacecraft Design, Design Constraints, Design Requirements, Design Review, Safety Design, and Systems Design.

The WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy provides a strong foundation for any enterprise that needs to tag and organize documents relating to Aerospace Engineering.

Companions to this taxonomy are the WAND Manufacturing Taxonomy and the WAND Engineering Taxonomy.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Aerospace Engineering Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The WAND Information Technology Taxonomy Undergoes Updates and Additions

As we have said before, the Information Technology industry is complex, constantly changing, and growing.  The WAND Information Technology Taxonomy continues to grow and change as well and has undergone another update.

We focused on three areas.


In this revision, we drilled even deeper into  IT Security and added terms to Security Threats, Attacks, Encryption and Intrusion Detection.

We also expanded Technologies and Fields to include 3D Printing, Reality Technologies, Blockchain Technology, Smart Machines, and Digital Platforms.

Then, we reviewed the current taxonomy to make sure we had the latest updates and versions of IT Certifications, Development Tools, Software Programs and Applications, and Languages.

Updates were also made in the areas of IT Administration, Development, Computer Graphics and Web Design, Data, and Service Providers.  We also added Enterprise Information Management as a top-level term.

This taxonomy now has 9,183 terms and 2,618 synonyms.

The WAND Information Technology Taxonomy can be customized to include specific terms to meet the needs of any Information Technology Department.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Information Technology Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy Update!

The WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy has undergone an extensive review and update.

This taxonomy is designed specifically to tag and organize all types of documents associated with a construction project and is ideal for any construction management company. 

In this revision, Building and Construction Agreements has been expanded and now includes Contract Clauses and Provisions specific to the building and construction domain.  Contracts was also refined by project type.

The top level term of Testing and Inspections nearly doubled in size and now includes Methods and Tests for specific building elements.  Land Assembly now includes new Zoning and Land Planning concepts.  Construction Management now features a section on Construction Claims and other legal liabilities.

Terminology relevant to the construction design phase was expanded to include drawing types, proper sheet numbering, and the official plan review process.

Building codes were updated and expanded with the addition of Codes and Standards Authorities as well as Enforcement Agencies.  Codes and Permits were broken down by project element, work type, and type of occupancy.

The updated WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy now has 3,928 terms and nearly 3,000 synonyms.

The WAND Building and Construction Management Taxonomy is available as a standalone taxonomy or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

WAND Banking Taxonomy Review and Update

We have just updated the WAND Banking Taxonomy.  This taxonomy now has 1,663 terms with 1,573 synonyms covering Banking Processes, Regulations, Lines of Business, Fees, Banking Documents, and much more.

The financial services industry has been quite proactive in adopting taxonomies due to complex compliance and retention requirements. WAND originally created this taxonomy leveraging experience in helping create taxonomies for dozens of credit unions and financial institutions.  We took this knowledge as a base and built on it to create a taxonomy that is a strong starter set for any commercial and retail banking institution.

The WAND Banking Taxonomy was specifically designed to help banks tag and organize their unstructured information with relevant, industry specific concepts, processes, subjects, and document types.

With the update, Banking Documents now holds narrower terms for Bank Customer Documents as well as Internal Bank Documents.  Bank Legislation and Regulations was also expanded - all Central Banks were added by region and there is a new section for International Banking Regulations and Regulatory Governing Bodies.  Also expanded were the categories of Banking Metrics and Risk Management.

The WAND Banking Taxonomy can be customized to include specific terms to meet the needs of any Investment Firm.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Banking Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.





Tuesday, February 27, 2018

WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy Update

We recently updated our WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy.  

In this revision we have added a branch for Investment Research Events as a narrower term to Analysis Benchmarks, Tools, and Techniques.  This branch is designed to include news events, announcements, or other similar concepts that would be of interest to a financial analyst.  It would also potentially be useful for somebody monitoring financial news. 

You will still find terms relating to Investment Banking Services and to Front Office, Middle Office and Back Office Services.  There is also a section of Financial Instrument Design Features as well as a section of Finance and Investment Documents.

Financial Crimes, Regulations and Regulating Bodies, and Securities Holding and Clearing Organizations continue to be top level terms in this taxonomy.

This taxonomy now has 2,342 terms and 1,585 synonyms.

The WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy can be customized to include specific terms to meet the needs of any Investment Firm.

As with all WAND Taxonomies, the WAND Finance and Investment Taxonomy is available by itself or as part of the WAND Taxonomy Library Portal.