Upcoming pre-conference workshop on taxonomy creation:
Designing & Maintaining Practical Taxonomies
Half-day pre-conference workshop of Computers in Libraries
Date: Postponed date TBD, fall 2020?
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia (Just one mile from Washington Reagan National Airport)
Workshop fee: $199
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.
- 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