Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, has announced that it has acquired the business and assets of taxonomy consultancy Synapse, the Knowledge Link Corporation. Factiva's Taxonomy Services Group provides advice on taxonomy development, access to pre-built taxonomies and assistance with content integration to a wide variety of organizations. Synapse adds domain expertise in industry verticals, science, technology, medicine and the arts, and its team includes more than fifty professional taxonomists, lexicographers, indexers, and software developers. Synapse co-founders and industry experts, Trish Yancey and Dave Clarke, will be joining Factiva to lead the combined organizations as co-directors of Factiva Taxonomy Services.
Factiva has acquired the rights to Synaptica, a suite of software solutions for building and maintaining taxonomies, thesauri, and ontologies, which integrates with leading search, categorization, and document management technologies. The acquisition also includes the Taxonomy Warehouse Web site, a directory of more than 500 taxonomies, thesauri, classification schemes and other authority files from around the world, plus information about taxonomy references, resources, and events.