Upcoming Presentations and Workshops

Heather Hedden presenting at SEMANTiCS Karlsruhe conference

Challenges in Taxonomy Building for Scholarly Research: Case Studies
Organized by: SLA (Special Libraries Association)
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Date: Monday, June 8, 9:00 – 10:30 am
Description: This Case Study session includes the following stars: AstroThesaurus, JSTOR, and the Berklee Music & Health Institute taxonomy, the latter a project of Hedden Information Management. Attendees will learn about how these resources started (with ideas and advice on how to start something similar). They will also learn from the shared challenges which include, but certainly are not limited to, cross-disciplinary considerations, different audiences for the same resource, blockers in gathering sufficient user input, system limitations, and design issues that need to be considered for both internal and external users. Come prepared to learn about the stars (of thesauri)!

Taxonomy and Ontology Design Best Practices
Organized by: SEMANTiCS
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: September 2020, exact date TBD (to be rescheduled from April)
Ontologies form the basis of knowledge graphs, and taxonomies are often the basis of ontologies. Thus, a good understanding of taxonomy and ontology design best practices can go a long way. Following a brief introduction of definitions and examples, this session reviews standards and then goes beyond the standards to discuss practical considerations. Standards for ontologies are purely technical and don’t explain how to make a good ontology. Standards for “taxonomies” do not exist, but standards for thesauri are applicable to taxonomies and explain how to design them well. Best practices include basing the taxonomy and ontology on the content set to be retrieved and on use cases of search and retrieval of the intended users. Other topics discussed include the size, hierarchical depth and specificity of the taxonomy terms, the number of classes and specificity of relationships in an ontology, and the names of labels.

Designing & Maintaining Practical Taxonomies pre-conference workshop
Organized by: Computers in Libraries
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia
Date: TBD (to be rescheduled from March 30)
Description: 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.
Workshop description, outline, and registration

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.

The next conferences with a book sale and signing will be:

SLA annual conference, June 7-9, 2020, Charlotte, NC.
Details will be posted later.

– Computers in Libraries conference, during the Exhibit Grand Opening Reception, Arlington, VA. Date TBD

At other events at which Heather speaks without book-signing events, a sample copy and 25% discount book order forms will be available.