Upcoming Presentations and Workshops

Taxonomies, Categories, and Tags
WordCamp Boston 2018
This session will address the types and benefits of taxonomies in general, the specifics of using categories and tags for website posts, and how how categories, tags, and taxonomies are implemented and used in WordPress sites. The focus will be on the planning and maintenance of a taxonomy (as as a category set or tag set) and best practices for creating and wording of terms and for creating hierarchies between categories.
Date: Saturday, July 21, 2018. 3:10 – 3:50 pm
Location: George Sherman Union, Boston University, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts.
Two-day conference registration is only $40.

Taxonomy Fundamentals” pre-conference workshop
Taxonomy Boot Camp London
This full day workshop is ideal for those who have little experience with taxonomies, or for those who would like to know more about how to design and create a taxonomy from scratch, with a focus on best practices for creating terms and relationships between terms. Topics covered inlude controlled vocaulary definitions and types, taxonomy applications and benefits, creating and wording of terms, synonyms/alternative labels/nonpreferred terms, sources for terms, term relationships, hierarchy design, facet design, software, project process, and taxonomy governace. This workshop will include exercises on creating terms and relations, and live demonstrations of several taxonomy management software products. There will be ample time for questions.
Workshop outline
Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Date: Monday, October 15, 2018, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Taxonomies in Support of Search,” part of the session “State-of-the-Art Taxonomies for Information Retrieval”
Taxonomy Boot Camp London
Taxonomies are increasingly combined with search in various ways to provide users with the optimal methods of finding the content they want. Originally taxonomy browsing and keyword searching were completely separate methods. Now taxonomies (or any controlled vocabularies) are combined with search as:
• Various kinds of searching (begins with, contains, “smart”) on the taxonomy, rather than browsing the taxonomy
• Taxonomy terms displayed in a type-ahead or search-suggest in a search box
• Nondisplayed taxonomies of the “synonym ring” or “search thesaurus” type, bringing together synonyms
• Taxonomy terms displayed and selected to limit search results, whether structured as a faceted taxonomy or not.
Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 10:30 – 11:15 am

A Brief Introduction to SKOS,” part of the session “Taxonomy Standards and Architecture”
Taxonomy Boot Camp London
SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization System) is a standard of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to represent knowledge organization systems using the Resource Description Framework (RDF). This brief nontechnical presentation will explain the basics of the SKOS model and how it is similar to and different from the thesaurus model.
Location: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 4:05 – 5:00 pm

Booksigning Events

Heather Hedden will be signing copies of The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition, offered for sale at a conference discount, at the upcoming conferences at which she will be speaking, including Taxonomy Boot Camp London and Taxonomy Boot Camp. Scheduling details will be posted here when known.