Access Innovations Collaborates with Leading Scientists on Unified Astronomy Thesaurus

February 6, 2013

Astronomy researchers have a powerful new tool, thanks to an important alliance. “Access Innovations Partners with Leading Scientific Organizations for the Launch of a New Thesaurus Created for Astronomy Community,” announces the information management firm. Access Innovations worked with the American Institute of Physics and scholarly publisher IOP Publishing to achieve this landmark.

The new Unified Astronomy Thesaurus will be freely available to members of the astronomy community for development and use. The common vocabulary will be used within NASA’s powerful Astrophysics Data System to improve linking with astronomy research journal articles. The write-up informs us:

“The thesaurus will be used in semantic technologies to enable researchers to execute faster, more accurate information searches and ultimately improve the discoverability of research. With many thousands of resources being published each year in the field of astronomy, these kinds of tools are vital to ensure that researchers continue to be able to find relevant information quickly and ultimately improve the discoverability of research. This applies as much to data, web services and other resources, as it does to the bibliographic resources to which thesauri have traditionally been applied.”

The John G. Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, in collaboration with the Astrophysics Data System and the International Virtual Observatory Alliance, will continue to develop the thesaurus, enhancing and extending its contents as astronomy research continues to expand.

Graham McCann, Head of Product Management and Innovation at IOP Publishing, remarked:

“This is an exciting and ambitious collaboration that will have real long-term benefits for researchers. IOP’s investment in semantic enrichment is a great example of how publishers serve the scientific community by underpinning the scholarly communications process using the very latest technologies.”

Indeed, it is always a pleasure to see technological advancements lend a hand to other scientific fields.

Founded in 1978 as an information-services company, Access Innovations now offers an extensive line of information management and database construction products and services for academic institutions, government agencies, and industry, as well as specialized taxonomies in a wide range of fields. Their Data Harmony software is at the heart of their thesaurus-construction and database-management tools. The professionals at Access Innovations pride themselves on a culture of hard work, cooperation, and respect that makes them a pleasure to work with.

Cynthia Murrell, February 06, 2013

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