Conference Taxonomy Workshops

Upcoming pre-conference workshops on taxonomy creation:

Full-day workshop on taxonomy, ontology, and knowledge graph creation, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 9, 2019
Half-day workshop on taxonomy creation, London, UK, October 14, 2019

Fast Track to Knowledge Graphs and Semantic AI:
How Semantic Knowledge Models and Machine Learning Enable Semantic Artificial Intelligence Applications

Full-day pre-conference workshop of the SEMANTiCS 2019 Conference
September 9, 2019, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
FZI House of Living Labs, Haid-und-Neu-Straße 5A, Karlsruhe, Germany
Registration: SEMANTiCS 2019 registration page
Fee: €107.10 (€90 + VAT)
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Workshop Description

This full-day preconference workshop combines the basics of designing and constructing knowledge organization systems (taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies), with the practice of knowledge modeling (using software tool PoolParty), and then brings it to the next level with instruction on knowledge graphs and semantic AI. Heather Hedden will be leading Module 1, and Andreas Blumauer, CEO of the Semantic Web Company, will be leading Modules 2 and 3. The workshop covers similar material of the PoolParty Academy online Knowledge Engineering Training, which usually costs 800 EUR (900 USD), and participants in this workshop will receive the same Pool Party Knowledge Engineering Specialist certification.

Module 1 : Taxonomies and Ontologies – Theory and Practice (3.5 hours)

This module provides the fundamentals to the use, standards, design, and creation of knowledge organization systems (KOS) as knowledge models, which include taxonomies, thesauri, and ontologies. Hands-on exercises will focus on best practices for the creation of concepts and relationships.
Learning objectives:

  • Understand the purposes and benefits of taxonomies and ontologies
  • Select the appropriate kind knowledge organization system for its implementation
  • Understand the structures of taxonomies, hierarchical and faceted
  • Create taxonomies, with terms and relationships, according to best practices
  • Apply the SKOS standard for interoperability of knowledge organization systems
  • Understand the structure and standards (RDF and OWL) of ontologies
  • Create ontologies according to standards
  • Understand how taxonomies and ontologies relate to linked data and the Semantic Web
  • Identify stumbling blocks in the implementation of taxonomies and ontologies

Module 2: Module 2: Knowledge Graphs (2 hours)

Module 3: Semantic AI Applications (1.5 hours)

Taxonomy and Metadata Design – Getting to Grips with the Basics

Half-day pre-conference workshop of Taxonomy Boot Camp London
Monday, October 14, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (with options to choose from afternoon workshops)
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, UK
Registration: Taxonomy Boot Camp London registration page
Fee: £180 (£150 + £30 VAT)

Workshop Description

This workshop is aimed at those with little or no experience in creating taxonomies or descriptive metadata, but need to get started in creating (or overseeing the creation of) a taxonomy, controlled vocabulary, or metadata set for managing content. This would especially be the case for implementation in a content management system, document management systems, or digital asset management systems.  Many systems support managing metadata and taxonomies for tagging content, but in order to be effective, a metadata scheme or taxonomy needs to be well designed and applied. It’s not as simple as it seems. Following an introduction of definitions, types, examples, uses, standards, and tagging for descriptive metadata and controlled vocabularies, this workshop covers the various issues in planning and designing a set of metadata values and taxonomy and then goes into best practices for term and relationship creation and finally overall structural design of a hierarchical or faceted taxonomy.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to metadata and controlled vocabularies
    • Definitions
    • Types, examples, and uses
    • Standards
    • Indexing and tagging
  • Planning and design
    • Identifying candidate metadata and vocabularies
    • Determining controlled vocabulary types
    • Determining metadata rules and governance
    • Design for categories vs. tags
  • Developing taxonomy terms and relationships
    • Creating and wording of terms
    • Synonyms
    • Sources for terms
    • Hierarchical relationships
  • Taxonomy structural design
    • Hierarchical taxonomy design
    • Faceted taxonomy design

Heather Hedden presenting a conference taxonomy workshop