Conference Taxonomy Workshops

Upcoming pre-conference workshop on taxonomy creation:

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