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Upcoming Presentations

"Taxonomy Fundamentals" webinar
This webinar touches on the basics of practical taxonomy and thesaurus design and other issues that are the core chapters of the book, The Accidental Taxonomist. Topics covered will be: (1) definitions and types taxonomies and other kinds of knowledge organization systems, (2) applications and uses, (3) the issue of developing vs. licensing a vocabulary, (4) controlled vocabulary and thesaurus standards and guidelines, (5) terms and their variants, (6) and relationship between terms.
ASIS&T (Association of Information Science and Technology) "Meet the Author" webinar series
Location: Virtual/Webinar
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT (Daylight Savings Time)

"Indexes for Content Findability: New Trends and Technologies" pre-meeting 3-hour panel seminar
Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting The move towards digitized content enables end-users to simply use a search feature to look up information in published sources. Users of scholarly content, however, need better results, i.e. greater precision and recall, than what search can provide. Thus, indexes remain important for digital content, whether the content is an ebook or a collection of online articles. This session will explore trends and technologies in indexes for digital publications in both book and periodical format. The session begins with an introduction to indexes and thesauri, including the similarities and differences between back-of-the-book and periodical/database indexes. Then two speakers will speak on issues and trends in creating indexes for digital book content, including EPUB specifications, the process of embedded indexing, issues of ebook index entry references and pagination. Then three more speakers will present on issues in database indexes for periodical articles, including the selection or design of a taxonomy/thesaurus to support consistent indexing and enhance content discoverability, manual vs. automated indexing implementations, potential benefits to collaboration between publishers and database providers on consistent subject indexing, and user interface considerations.
Location: Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 8:30 - 11:30 am
Registration: Separate from the main conference registration, which is not required, on the conference registration page. $249 for nonmembers.

"Thesaurus Creation and Indexing Compared"
Indexing Society of Canada Annual Meeting Creating a thesaurus (a structured kind of controlled vocabulary or taxonomy used to support indexing and retrieval) in many ways is similar to creating a back-of-the-book index, but there are also subtle, yet significant, differences that might not be readily apparent. This presentation compares key points, including creating multiple points of entry, forming hierarchical structure, and indicating related topics, with examples in all cases. A comparison with periodical indexing is also included. Prior experience in book indexing or thesaurus creation is not required.
Location: Alsace Novotel Hotels & Resorts, 1180 rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC, Canada
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017



Past Presentations and Workshops

"Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms" webinar (a slight variation of the Taxonomy Boot Camp London presentation) (link to PDF)
SLA Taxonomy Division
February 7, 2017

"Managing Mature Taxonomies: Resolving Orphan Terms" webinar (link to PDF)
SLA Taxonomy Division
December 12, 2016

"Designing Taxonomies and Metadata for CMS Implementation" post-conference workshop
Gilbane Digital Content Conference
December 1, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts

"How Many Synonyms Should You Have?" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
November 14, 2016, Washington, D.C.

"Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp London
October 18, 2016, London, United Kingdom

"Taxonomy Fundamentals Workshop"
Taxonomy Boot Camp London
October 17, 2016, London, United Kingdom

"An Introduction to Taxonomies and Thesauri" (link to PDF)
American Society for Indexing Annual Conference
June 17, 2016, Chicago, Illinois

"Multiple Entry Points: Variants and Cross-References in Indexes and Thesauri" (link to PDF)
American Society for Indexing Annual Conference
June 17, 2016, Chicago, Illinois

"A Tale of Two Worlds: Designing Controlled Vocabularies for Meet Specific Business Needs," part of the "Taxonomy Café" pre-conference workshop (link to PDF)
SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference
June 11, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Curious Lives of Full-Time Taxonomists" panel
Taxonomy Boot Camp
November 2, 2015, Washington D.C.

"Introduction to Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies" Full-day workshop (Workshop outline)
SLA Annual Conference
June 13, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts

"Topics in Taxonomy Creation" Half-day workshop
American Society for Indexing Annual Conference
April 30, 2015, Seattle, Washington

"Thesaurus Creation and Back-of-the Book Indexing Compared" (link to PDF)
American Society for Indexing Annual Conference
April 30, 2015, Seattle, Washington

"Taxonomy Displays: Bridging UX & Taxonomy Design" (link to PDF)
Content Strategy Seattle Meetup
April 28, 2015, Seattle, Washington

"Managing Terminology: Taxonomy, Thesaurus, or Something In-Between" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
November 5, 2014, Washington, D.C.

"Taxonomies: Everything you need to know to start a taxonomy from scratch" (link to PDF)
SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference
June 8, 2014, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Edited version re-presented at: SLA New England Chapter meeting, October 21, 2014, Cambridge, Massachusetts

"Thesaurus Creation and Back-of-the Book Indexing Compared"
(link to PDF, as updated and re-presented at the ASI national conference in April 2015.)
New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing
April 12, 2014, Arlington, Massachusetts
Repeated for:
SLA (Special Libraries Association) Taxonomy Division
July 10, 2014, virtual/webinar

"Taxonomy Governance" (link to PDF) (just three slides prior to panel discussion)
Metadata Enhancement for Improved Content Management - Taxonomies and Governance Panel
Gilbane Conference
December 3, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts

"Testing Taxonomies" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
November 5, 2013, Washington, D.C.

"Taxonomies for Auto-Tagging Unstructured Content" (link to PDF)
Text Analytics World
October 1, 2013, Boston Massachusetts

"Structuring Content for the Web: Taxonomies for E-Commerce" (link to PDF)
Gilbane Conference
November 29, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts

Pecha Kucha - Taxonomies & Ontologies: "From Accidental Taxonomist to Accidental Ontologist" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
October 17, 2012, Washington, D.C.

"Taxonomy Fundamentals Workshop" - Polyhierarchies and Facets (link to Polyhierarchies and Facets PDF excerpt)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
October 16, 2012, Washington, D.C.

"Taxonomies for Text Analytics and Auto-Indexing" (link to PDF)
Text Analytics World
October 4, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts

"Mapping, Merging, and Multilingual Taxonomies" (link to PDF)
SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference
July 16, 2012, Chicago, Illinois
Re-presented at: SLA New England Chapter Fall Conference
October 13, 2012, Southbridge, Massachusetts

"Building Taxonomies for Search and Autocategorization" pre-conference workshop
Enterprise Search Summit
May 14, 2012, New York, New York

"Turning the Tables on Print Textbooks: Opportunities & Challenges in Converting Print Tables of Contents to Digital Taxonomies" (link to PDF)
Henry Stewart DAM NY (Digital Asset Management)
May 11, 2012, New York, New York

"Where and when to use Third-Party Tools: Managing the Term Store and Auto-Classification in SharePoint 2010" (link to PDF; link to .wmv recording)
Concept Searching and Project Performance Corporation Webinar Series: Webinar 3
May 8, 2012, virtual/webinar

"Taxonomy and Thesaurus Creation" pre-conference workshop
American Society for Indexing Annual Meeting
April 19, 2012, San Diego, California

"Creating Multi-Lingual Taxonomies" (link to PDF)
Gilbane Conference
December 1, 2011, Boston, Massachusetts

"Hierarchies & Polyhierarchies: Is More Better?" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
October 31, 2011, Washington, D.C.

"An Introduction to Enterprise Taxonomies" (link to PDF)
SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference
June 14, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Building Taxonomies for Search and Auto-Categorization" pre-conference workshop
Enterprise Search Summit
May 9, 2011, New York, New York

"Building Retail Website Taxonomies: Not as Easy as it Seems" (link to PDF)
Part of the panel session: "Shaking the Tree: Case Studies of Taxonomies in Action"
American Society for Indexing Annual Meeting
April 30, 2011, Providence, Rhode Island

"Taxonomy and Thesaurus Creation" pre-conference workshop
American Society for Indexing Annual Meeting
April 28, 2011, Providence, Rhode Island

"Taxonomy Updating, Combining, and Translating" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Tuesday
April 19, 2011, Washington, D.C.

"An Introduction to Taxonomies for the Accidental Taxonomist"
SLA Boston Chapter / SLA Taxonomy Division
March 30, 2011, Cambridge, Massachusetts

"Taxonomy Displays" (link to PDF)
SLA Taxonomy Division Webinar
January 20, 2011, virtual/webinar

Pecha Kucha - Enterprise Search & Taxonomies: "Search in the Wind" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
November 15, 2010, Washington, D.C.

Indexing and Tagging to Improve Discovery: "Taxonomies & Folksonomies" (link to PDF)
National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS)
Improving the User Search Experience
October 13, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"From Indexer to Accidental Taxonomist" (link to PDF)
New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing
October 16, 2010, Lexington, Massachusetts

"Taxonomy Made Easy: An Introduction to Taxonomies for the Accidental Taxonomist"
SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference
June 16, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana

"User Interfaces with Taxonomies" (link to PDF)
Usability and User Experience 2010: UXPA-Boston's Ninth Annual Mini UXPA Conference
June 9, 2010, Waltham, Massachusetts

"Thesaurus Creation vs. Index Creation" poster presentation (photo)
American Society for Indexing Annual Meeting
May 14-15, 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Taxonomy and Thesaurus Creation" pre-conference workshop
American Society for Indexing Annual Meeting
May 13, 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota

"Tools for Taxonomies" (link to PDF)
Enterprise Search Summit

May 11, 2010, New York, New York

"Taxonomies – How Can They Improve Enterprise Search?"
Boston KM Forum Café – Table-talking KM Challenges
April 29, 2010, Waltham, Massachusetts

"Marketing Your Indexing Business" panel discussion
New England Chapter - American Society for Indexing
April 17, 2010, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

"Cross Mapping Taxonomies"
Earley & Associates Taxonomy Community of Practice
March 3, 2010, virtual/webinar

"Combining Multiple Controlled Vocabularies" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
November 20, 2009, San Jose, California

"Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies" full-day workshop
Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Continuing Education
October 24, 2009, Boston, Massachusetts

"Navigation Taxonomies; What Works Well (or Doesn’t) with Your Content System?"
Boston Knowledge Management Forum
June 18, 2009, Waltham, Massachusetts

"Web Site A-Z Indexes"
Boston IA Ten-Minute Accessibility Talks
April 30, 2009, Waltham, Massachusetts

"Creating Web Site Indexes" Half-day seminar
New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing
March 21, 2009, Worcester, Massachusetts

"Taxonomies for Search & Retrieval"
LINK Development - corporate seminar
January 5, 2009, Cairo, Egypt

"Getting Off to a Strong Start with Your Search Taxonomy"
Gilbane Conference on Content Management
December 4, 2008, Boston, Massachusetts

"An Introduction to Taxonomies"
Society for Technical Communication (STC) Boston Chapter (now New England Chapter) - Technical Editing SIG
November 13, 2008, Bedford, Massachusetts

"Taxonomies for Human Versus Auto-Indexing" (link to PDF)
Taxonomy Boot Camp
September 25, 2008, San Jose, California

"Taxonomy for Search & Discovery"
Boston Knowledge Management Forum
June 25, 2008, Waltham, Massachusetts

"Taxonomy-Powered Discovery: Who Says You Need An Expert"
Enterprise Search Summit
May 20, 2008, New York, New York

"Taxonomy and Thesaurus Creation" full-day pre-conference workshop
American Society for Indexing Annual Conference
April 30, 2008, Denver, Colorado

"Creating Web A-Z Indexes"
Society for Technical Communication (STC) SpaceTech Chapter
April 23, 2008, Melbourne, Florida

"The Freelance Taxonomy Business"
New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing
April 5, 2008, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

"Creating Indexes on Websites and Intranets"(link to PDF)
Special Libraries Association's Click University webinar program
March 5, 2008, virtual/webinar

"Creating Web Site A-Z Indexes"
Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society for Indexing
November 11, 2007, San Mateo, California

"Making Decisions in Creating Taxonomies"
Taxonomy Boot Camp 2007
November 8, 2007, San Jose, California

Workshop: Website Indexing
Netherlands Indexing Network
August 4, 2007, Driebergen, Netherlands

“Website indexing” seminar
Society of Indexers 50th Anniversary Conference: Golden Retrievers
July 14, 2007, London, England

“Creating Website Indexes” pre-conference workshop
American Society for Indexing Annual Conference
May 24, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Designing a Web Site for Freelance Indexing Services”
“Writing for ASI” panel presentation
American Society for Indexing Annual Conference
May 25, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Teaching Information Findability to Kids”
Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
March 24, 2007, Boston, Massachusetts

Creating Indexes on Web Sites and Intranets
Society for Technical Communication (STC)
February 7, 2007, virtual/webinar

“Freelance Indexing”
Boston Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association
December 5, 2006, Arlington, Massachusetts

“Freelance Indexing”
Central Massachusetts Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association
November 15, 2006, Stow, Massachusetts

“Creating A-Z Indexes for Web Sites, Intranets, and Online Courses”
“Findability” Panel
Documentation and Training 2006
October 4, 2006, Boston, Massachusetts

Indexing Nonfiction for Children” panel presentation
Fall conference of the New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing.
September 30, 2006, Waltham, Massachusetts

"Creating Website Indexes” post-conference workshop
American Society for Indexing/Indexing and Abstracting Society of Canada joint conference
June 17, 2006, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Designing a Web Site for Freelance Indexing Services
Spring meeting of the New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing.
April 29, 2006, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

“The Usability of A-Z Indexes for Site Search and Findability”
Annual Boston UPA Chapter Mini-Conference: Usability and User Experience 2006
March 30, 2006, Natick, Massachusetts

“A-Z Indexes for Content Searching”
Fall 2005 CM Pros Summit
November 28, 2005, Boston, Massachusetts

“Web Site Indexing: Techniques and Issues”
Fall Conference of the New England Chapter of the American Society for Indexing.
September 24, 2005, Worcester, Massachusetts

“A-Z Indexes for Superior Site Searching”
Society for Technical Communication (STC) Boston Chapter (now New England Chapter) - Online Information SIG
March 3, 2005, Lexington, Massachusetts

“Controlled Vocabulary in Periodical Database Indexing”
Annual Conference of the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society for Indexing: Thesaurus Development and Controlled Vocabulary as Indexing Tools
March 21, 1998, Berkeley, California