1. Introduction to Informatics Consulting
Do the fancy words we use when we talk about our informatics consulting confuse you? If so, do not worry. We provided some brief explanations below.
Informatics is the practice of engineering information systems. It involves processing data for storage and retrieval. Informatics is the applied form of Information Science theory. Applied informatics is at the intersection of people and technology. It includes data analytics, computer science, interface design, organizational design, information technology, and information systems.
Informatics is the science of processing data for storage and retrieval. This is the very purpose of the web, websites, the Internet, and social media. How people and technology interact is a complex process. Informatics can help you make sense of it. Impact Zone helps businesses get found online and in databases. This means we have to look at the big picture of where the people and technology strategies fit into the overall business model.
2. Digital Stewardship Services
Is it time to get your data stored and analyzed properly? If so, we offer three primary digital stewardship consulting services to creative services firms, research data centers, and archives. These are digital preservation and digital curation, data analytics, and metadata and the OAI-PMH consulting. Next, you can choose to work with us to deliver your digital stewardship consulting solutions in one of three ways: do, advise, and/or train. Therefore, we can do the work for you; advise you on how to do it; or train you and/or your staff to do it.
2.1 Digital Stewardship Consulting Specialties
Our primary specialities are as follows.
- Digital Stewardship (e.g., Preservation and Curation)
- Data Analytics
- Metadata and the OAI-PMH
In addition, we are experts in the following areas.
- Content Analysis
- ISO 16363 (the Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDR))
- ISO 14721 (the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model)
- Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)
Data stewardship is Jewel Ward’s graduate work at the master’s and PhD. levels. Since she has over two decades of working in technology, she has both hands on experience and theory. Furthermore, you may read her dissertation related work online or view her publications on her CV.
2.2 Your Investment in Digital Stewardship
Since Jewel Ward will advise on digital preservation and digital curation strategy, depending on the requirements, she can implement the work. She can provide content analysis, data analysis, and data analytics using established methodologies. Last, she can advise on a metadata and OAI-PMH implementation. Since rates vary depending on the location (on-site or remote) and the requirements of the project, please call +1-828-412-0866 or email to discuss your requirements with her.
3. Digital Preservation and Digital Curation
Would you like to solve your digital stewardship issues? If so, then here is how we can help you solve your digital stewardship problems with our digital preservation and digital curation consulting services. These challenges include documents, multimedia, and research datasets.
3.1 Why Digital Preservation and Digital Curation?
Organizing your digital assets means you can more easily store, retrieve, preserve, and share them. The benefit to you, your employees, clients, customers, and users is that you can now spend your time getting work done. Also, digital preservation and digital curation are specialty forms of Data Asset Management (DAM).
Furthermore, you won’t waste precious time searching for the information. Neither will you have to go elsewhere because it isn’t findable on your site or in your internal system. It saves time, money, and frustration all around. Last, in the event you need to access certain data or information for legal or compliance reasons, the correct information and data is available.
3.2 What Digital Preservation and Digital Curation Consulting Services Provide
We deliver solid results with your digital photos, video, and documents by accomplishing the following.
- Organizing and naming files and folders.
- Correctly describing digital assets.
- Developing cataloging strategies.
- Creating or improving an ingestion workflow.
- Creating or improving your working files management processes.
Next, we aid in the development and maintenance of robust systems by advising on the selection of the right hardware and software. We help you set up back up systems and validate the data. Impact Zone provides aid in data migration. Last, we provide methods and processes for research data management.
We help you keep your digital assets over the long term (20- to 100- years or more) by applying the OAIS Reference Model (TDR/ISO 14721) recommendations, as appropriate. We advise on applying Trusted Digital Repository (TDR/ISO 16363) policies, as appropriate, to the data. Impact Zone enables you to implement human-readable preservation policies at the machine-level, when possible. Last, we perform other preservation-related work, as needed.
In addition, you may read portions of Jewel Ward’s doctoral work in digital preservation and curation on our blog. She has both hands-on experience and is familiar with the theories behind digital preservation. Since our consulting rates for our digital preservation and digital curation consulting varies by project scope and type, please contact us for further information.
4. Data Analytics and Content Analysis
First, we want to review the definition of data analytics with you. Then we want to discuss how our data analytics and content analysis consulting may help you with your analytics problems. Therefore, let us come to an agreement as to what we are discussing.
Analytics is the systematic computational analysis of data or statistics, as well as the information resulting from the systematic analysis of data or statistics. —Oxford Dictionary
Next, now that we know the basic definition of data analytics, we will discuss why analysis is important, and how Impact Zone can help you with your data analytics and content analysis. (Content analysis is a social science methodology. You may read more about it here.)
4.1 Learn Why You Should Care About Data Analytics
You should care about data analytics. Why? Because an analysis of your data could show information you had not yet realized about your customer base. It may give the rationale to keep going or change direction and easily capture a market. Also, you may have a large data set and simply need the help of an expert with familiarity in a variety of research methods. Understanding your data helps you run your business smarter.
In addition, an analysis of internal data may offer better ways to track problems and improve an overall product. Data is no panacea, and it must be of a certain level of quality. Furthermore, a solid data analysis provides you with an extra tool by which to make better choices about your work and output(s).
4.2 Understand What Our Data Analytics and Content Analysis Consulting Provides
Impact Zone creates impact from inquiry and insight by applying established Social Science and statistical research methodologies to the data at hand. Therefore, we have expertise with the following areas.
- Data analytics and data analysis
- Content Analysis Methodology
- The quantitative analysis of data
- Qualitative analysis, including qualitative surveys and analysis
- Other research as needed
Last, we are happy to develop a valid and reliable study for you, gather new data, or aid you in the analysis of existing data. Since consulting rates for our data analytics services varies by project scope and type, please contact us for further information.
5. Metadata and OAI-PMH
Let review the definition of “metadata”. We want you to understand how our metadata and OAI-PMH consulting services may help you with your metadata problems. First, let us begin with a basic definition of metadata.
Metadata is a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. —Oxford Dictionary
Next, now that you have an initial idea as to what metadata is about, we will discuss why you should care, and how Impact Zone may help you with your metadata issues.
5.1 Learn Why You Should Care About Metadata
First, metadata tells you what data you are looking at — a name, a date, a type of file. It helps you retrieve the information you need. Furthermore, it helps your customers find a product. Without metadata, your digital assets could not be stored, shared, found, viewed, or purchased.
5.2 Understand What Our Metadata and OAI-PMH Consulting Services Provide
Furthermore, Impact Zone delivers tangible results by providing the following services.
- Correctly cataloging digital assets and other types of items needing description.
- Developing a taxonomy.
- Developing a controlled vocabulary.
- Using and applying the correct metadata schema.
- Metadata transfer using the OAI-PMH.
- And, other metadata-related work, as needed.
In addition, if you would like to review some of Jewel Ward’s previous work with metadata and the Open Archives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), please read here. Finally, consulting rates for our metadata and OAI-PMH consulting services varies by project scope and type. Therefore, please contact us for further information.