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About Access Innovations

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations, Inc. offers an extensive line of information management and database products and services to Fortune 100 corporations, government agencies, universities, professional associations and scholarly publishers across the globe.

We’re proud to be recognized on numerous industry-specific lists, including:

  • KMWorld’s 100 Companies That Matter Most in Knowledge Management
  • EContent’s 100 Companies That Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry
  • KMWorld’s Trend-Setting Products of the Year

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Our Team

Educated as a botanist and trained as an information engineer, Marjorie (Margie) Hlava has worked behind the scenes for many major information organizations as well as over 2,000 engagements at Access Innovations.

She worked for five years at NASA, logging up to 20 hours per week as an online searcher, using systems and giving feedback. Margie was the Information Director for the DOE National Energy Information Center and its affiliate NEICA, where she rose to the position of Information Director before taking her team private as Access Innovations.

Margie developed the Data Harmony software suite to increase search accuracy and consistency while streamlining the clerical aspects in editorial and indexing tasks. Her most recent innovation is applying those systems to medical records for medical claims compliance in a new application called Access Integrity.

Margie served for seven years on the NISO board, chaired the SLA Standards committee for nine years, and chaired the NFAIS Standards committee from 2001- 2016. She was instrumental in working on the NISO standards for thesauri and controlled vocabularies (Z39.19), Dublin Core (Z39.85), DOI (Z39.84), and contributed Metadata which formed the basis of CrossRef, The Credit taxonomy for author contributions and others.

She was NFAIS president and has served on that board twice, was president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), president of Documentation Abstracts, president of ASIDIC, and Treasurer of IIA at the time of its merger with SPA to become SIIA. She also gives back to her local community, serving on the boards of the New Mexico Information Commons, the Hubbell House Alliance, New Mexico Data Stream, and the Hubbell Society Museum and Library.

Margie’s work has been acknowledged through numerous awards, including ASIS&T’s Watson Davis award, the SLA John Cotton Dana and SLA President’s Award, recognition as an SLA Fellow, and as an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence for Technology. In February of 2014 she received the Miles Conrad lectureship for NFAIS. In November 2014, she received the ASIS&T Award of Merit. She was elected to the Hubbell Hall of Fame in June 2019.

She is the author of multiple books and more than 200 articles, including the The Taxobook, a three-volume collection on the history and implementation of taxonomies. She holds two U.S. patents encompassing 21 patent claims.

Jay Ven Eman, Ph.D., joined Access Innovations, Inc. in December 1978. He holds a B. A. in Finance from the University of Washington in Seattle, an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

As CEO at Access Innovations, Jay guides the sales, marketing, and strategic planning departments. He writes, conducts workshops, consults, and helps build large-scale, complex, semantically-enriched databases.

A past president of ASIDIC, Jay is a popular speaker and has given many presentations, workshops, and seminars on semantics and knowledge organizations systems (KOS), the economics of artificial intelligence (AI), topic maps, database development, legacy file conversions, SGML, HTML, XML, and other related topics.

Heather plans and implements a variety of marketing activities such as trade show presence, online and social media events, conference involvement, and corporate identity maintenance. She also coordinates the annual Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) and DHUG East meetings.

Heather received a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from the University of New Mexico, and an MBA from New Mexico State University. She was named a Fellow of SLA (Special Libraries Association) in 2019, and serves as the SLA Taxonomy Division Chair and the SLA Route 66 Chapter President.

Samantha’s recent projects include taxonomy and rule-building work for JSTOR, AIP, Access Integrity, Triumph Learning, AAAS, and McGraw-Hill Education. Her day-to-day tasks include managing projects, creating and maintaining taxonomies, and abstracting and indexing work. Samantha earned her Bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing, from the University of New Mexico.

Jeffrey Gordon, M.S. Computer Engineering, leads the development of Data Harmony and its supporting applications. He coordinates the software and IT teams to plan, schedule, and implement features and platforms within the stack. This includes MAIstro and XIS Web, the MAIstro/XIS clients, and Smart Submit. He has been working in enterprise software for over fifteen years, starting out working with mathematical modeling at Sandia National Laboratories for fluid dynamic finite element analysis. He is an expert in natural language processing, artificial intelligence, computer vision, cloud computing, scientific computing, full-stack development, and machine learning. Jeffrey received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics as well as a Master of Science in computer engineering from the University of New Mexico.

New to the Access Innovations team in March 2020, Mike joined us as an aspiring software engineer. He is currently going to school to receive a bachelor’s in computer science with plans to also obtain his masters. While he hasn’t always worked on software development, he has always had a passion for technology. He has lived most of his life in Albuquerque, New Mexico but has lived in several states across the East coast including Maine, Virginia, and Maryland. When he isn’t building applications for clients or completing his studies, Mike is usually found playing video games.

Jack creates controlled vocabularies for subject-metadata indexing of scholarly content. He also writes technical specifications and marketing materials. Recent organizations Jack developed and revised taxonomies for include IEEE, SPIE, Hindawi, and The Institute of Physics (IOP). Jack received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in English with a professional writing concentration.
An editor and taxonomist, Gabe has worked extensively on taxonomies for PLOS, JSTOR and ASCO, among others. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian studies from Macalester College, with a minor in Japanese language.
Tom-The-DP-Guy is camera shy but incredibly talented at keeping all of our computers running, which is critically important. He keeps our hardware in shape, makes sure we have the right software to do our jobs, keeps track of all of the software licenses so that we don’t violate any copyrights or intellectual property rights, keeps spam from overtaking our email boxes, and fights computer viruses on our behalf.

Frank is a new addition to the team, but never ceases to amaze us. His prowess with just about any PC we have around is astounding. He is our second go-to guy when it comes to anything IT-related and is also working towards a degree in the field. When he isn’t studying, you can find him honing his skills at our office or enjoying his many tech gadgets – mainly Apple products.

Bill joined Access Innovations in 1995 and is in charge of accounting, project cost accounting, cash flow forecasting and various special projects. He has a degree in Finance from the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico and is a member of the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants.