Upcoming Presentations and Workshops


Controlled Vocabulary Licensing (webinar)
This presentation will look at the benefits and drawbacks, the appropriate circumstances, resources, and the issues around licensing a controlled vocabulary (a term list, taxonomy, thesaurus, ontology, etc.). While it is usually best to build a custom taxonomy from scratch, there are situations when licensing a controlled vocabulary created by a third party may be desirable, such as for a start of a taxonomy that is then modified, for a single facet of a faceted taxonomy, or for tagging multi-source research content. This presentation will also address issues of those considering to license out a taxonomy.
Organized by:
SLA Taxonomy Division
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm EST
Registration will open in late January.

Taxonomy Design Best Practices (2-hour workshop)
Taxonomies support information findability, but only if they are well designed. This workshop will present best practices principles in designing taxonomies, including the basics of terms and relationships, along with structural design issues. The workshop will also present ways that taxonomy terms are displayed to end-users to support search.
Organized by: VOGIN-IP-lezing “Zoeken & vinden” (“Search & Find)
Location: OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam) Amsterdam Central Library, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 (presented twice: 10:45 – 12:45 and 1:45 – 3:45pm)
Registration is now open. Early bird rates until January 31.

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.

Introduction to Taxonomy Design and Creation (full-day 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


Booksigning Events

Heather Hedden signs copies of The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition, offered for sale at many of the conferences at which she speaks.  Specific booksigning event times and places will be posted here.