Upcoming Events

Heather Hedden presenting at SEMANTiCS Karlsruhe conference

Taxonomy and Metadata Design Two-day series (4 hours/day)
This one-day seminar provides the basics in best practices for designing and building a taxonomy and a broader descriptive metadata schema that supports findability and discoverability. This seminar 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.
Organizer: Technology Transfer
Format: Zoom with live interaction and exercises
Dates: 8 hours over two days: Thursday – Friday, April 7 – 8, 2022, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (14:00 – 18:00 CET) each day (with breaks)
Description and outline

Meet the Author: Meet and Greet with Heather Hedden
Data Day Texas
TBD spring 2022 (postponed from January 21)
Downtown Austin, TX 78701 (to be announced)
Free registration

Introduction to Taxonomies for Data Scientists tutorial (2+ hours)
Description: This tutorial/workshop teaches the fundamentals and best practices for creating quality taxonomies, whether for the enterprise or for specific knowledge bases in any industry. Emphasis is on serving users rather than on theory. Topics to be covered include: the appropriateness of different kinds of knowledge organization systems (taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies, etc.), standards, taxonomy concept creation and labeling, taxonomy relationship creation. The connection of taxonomies to ontologies and knowledge graphs will also be briefly discussed. There will be some interactive activities and hands-on exercises. Outline and details
The Future of Taxonomies – Linking Data to Knowledgepresentation
Taxonomies are no longer just for navigation or tagging documents. AI technologies, such as machine learning and NLP are now being used more in combination with taxonomies rather than merely in place of taxonomies. The results include applications of semantic search, personalization, recommendation, question-answering. Combining taxonomies with ontologies and linked instance data, supporting more powerful search and analytics across all kinds of data, structured and unstructured, and not just documents.
Organizer: Data Day Texas conference
Format: In-person
Location: AT&T Conference Center and Hotel, Austin, TX
Date: TBD spring 2022 (postponed from January 22)
Conference registration (Register early for reduced rate)

Book Sale and Signing Events

Heather Hedden at a book signing for "The Accidental Taxonomist"Heather Hedden signs copies of The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition, offered for sale at a conference discount at many of the conferences at which she speaks. Book discounts are also sometimes offered for online orders associated with virtual conferences.

Check back later, for late spring 2022 events.