Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WAND Releases the Police Department Taxonomy

Police departments do much more than simply hand out tickets.  A police department is responsible for public safety as well as educating the public and providing community services. 

Police Officers also spend many, many hours in training throughout their careers and become very familiar with the crimes that are committed in their jurisdictions.

The WAND Police Department Taxonomy addresses these topics and many more.  Included in this taxonomy of 1,510 terms and 1,256 synonyms are terms for the various types of Programs and Services, Department Accountability, Tactics, Personnel, Investigations, Policies and Procedures.

You'll also find individual terms for various types of police equipment including Nonlethal Weapons, Lethal Weapons, Personal Armor, Ammunition, Handcuffs and Restraints as well as types of vehicles and uniforms.

Terms relating to Incarceration, Evidence Collection and Retention Policies are also found in this taxonomy.

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

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

Monday, April 6, 2015

Torque Magazine article features taxonomies and ontologies

Torque, a digital publication focused on Wordpress, has recently posted an article about how to use taxonomies and ontologies to improve blog search and discovery.

Mark Leher, WAND's COO, was interviewed for the article as was Elliot Turner, CEO of AlchemyAPI and Fiona McNeill, principal global marketing manager for analytics at the SAS Institute.

The article presents an interesting discussion of the use of taxonomies to organize unstructured blog content and make that information more findable and more usable for users.

Read the complete piece at: