Upcoming Presentations and Workshops


Taxonomy and Metadata Design (full-day workshop)
Taxonomies and descriptive metadata should be designed in combination. Taxonomies and metadata also need to be designed to best represent the unique content set and its particular users. This full-day workshop provides the basics in best practices for designing and building a taxonomy and a broader descriptive metadata schema that supports findability and discoverability. The workshop considers all implementation of metadata and taxonomies, whether for internal/enterprise knowledge management or for customer-facing Web content management, whether for manual or auto-tagging, and whether in a content management system, document management system, digital asset management system, SharePoint, or an internally developed database.
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Organized by: Technology Transfer
Location: Residenza di Ripetta, Via di Ripetta 231, Rome, Italy
Date: Monday, March 25, 2019
Registration is now open.

Semaphore Knowledge Modeling with The Accidental Taxonomist (webinar)
Taxonomies, ontologies and knowledge models provide enormous value to an organization, but only if they describe the relevant topics, subjects, and concepts that are important to the enterprise. If done right, these vocabularies enable you to make content-intensive business processes more efficient, harmonize structured and unstructured information to drive analytics, and allow knowledge workers to quickly find the information they need to do their jobs. Why doesn’t everyone have a taxonomy? They take time to build, the language throughout the enterprise is not always consistent and not everyone knows how to get started or understands the value – so they are reluctant to provide the time and resources it takes. Integrating subject matter experts into the process and leveraging best practices can streamline model building and improve adoption throughout the enterprise. Joined with James Morris, Senior Information Science Consultant at Smartlogic, learn how leveraging Smartlogic’s Semantic AI platform Semaphore and modeling best practices result in knowledge models that support enterprise initiatives.
Organized by: Smartlogic
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Introduction to Taxonomy Design & Creation (full-day pre-conference workshop)
Taxonomies are becoming increasingly important and common for organizing and retrieving information. Implementations include library systems, museum and archive systems, digital asset management systems, content management systems, document management systems, records management systems, web publishing, and data analysis. Through this workshop, information professionals can go beyond a basic understanding about taxonomies and learn the practical aspects of designing and creating taxonomies and thesauri so that they can take on or manage a taxonomy development project. Standards and best practices are important, but do not cover every situation, and there are numerous occasions when different factors need to be considered in making decisions in designing and creating taxonomies. This workshop provides guidance in making those decisions.
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Organized by: SLA Annual Conference
Location:  Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Register.  $225 SLA members; $415 nonmembers

Taxonomy Tools and Tool Evaluation
Excel remains the incubator for many taxonomies, and some content management systems have basic taxonomy features. However, if you need additional functionality such as customized relationships, auto-categorization and taxonomy use in multiple applications, there are a surprising array of tools, modules, features and functionalities to consider. How do you know what you need? How do you avoid buying too much, or too little, functionality? Join us for a roundup of the state of the technology related to controlled vocabularies and how to evaluate tools based on your requirements and constraints (including technology, time, resources and money). Co-presented with Marti Heyman,
Organized by: SLA Annual Conference
Location:  Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 1:30 – 2:30 pm


Booksigning Events

Heather Hedden signs copies of The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition, offered for sale at many of the conferences at which she speaks.  A book signing is planned for the SLA conference in Cleveland in June. Specific booksigning event times and places will be posted here when scheduled.