Conference Taxonomy Workshop

Upcoming pre-conference workshop on taxonomy creation:

Designing & Maintaining Practical Taxonomies

Half-day pre-conference workshop of Computers in Libraries
Postponed date TBD, fall 2020?
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia (Just one mile from Washington Reagan National Airport)
Workshop fee: $199
Registration form

Workshop Description

Information professionals are increasingly finding reasons to create taxonomies or related knowledge organization systems. They may need to classify a special collection or local archives, develop a thesaurus to index a local or institutional periodical, create a controlled vocabulary for tagging pages or posts in a web content management system, or merely categorize a large collection of resource links. This workshop provides instruction and best practices tips on designing and maintaining taxonomies for practical use. Design considerations include whether to create a taxonomy or thesaurus; whether a taxonomy should be primarily hierarchical or faceted; how large it should be; whether synonyms/variants are needed and if so, how many; what the sources are for the terms; and what the guidelines are for properly creating hierarchical relationships.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction, definitions, types, uses, benefits
  • Creation and wording of terms
  • Sources for terms
  • Synonyms, alternative labels, non-preferred terms
  • Term relationships
  • Structural design: hierarchies and facets
  • Maintenance and governance
  • Taxonomy management software

Heather Hedden presenting a pre-conference workshop at SEMANTICS Karlrsuhe 2019
Heather Hedden presenting a pre-conference workshop at SEMANTICS Karlrsuhe 2019