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Pre-Conference Workshop: Practical Taxonomy Creation
at Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting

Participant Cost: TBD
Date: Friday or Saturday, October 27 or 28, 2017 (TBA)
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA

Knowledge organization systems in general and taxonomies in particular 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 science & technology 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. The workshop also includes exercises on creating terms and relations. There will also be ample time for questions.


Workshop Outline

1. Definitions & Types - including a look at theoretical vs. practical comparisons of taxonomies and thesauri

2. Applications, Uses, Benefits - supporting both indexing and retrieval and for both search and browse, and benefits including resolving synonymy and polysemy, illustrated with examples

3. Creating & Wording of Terms - focusing on practical decisions and issues in term creation

4. Synonyms, Alternative Labels, Nonpreferred Terms - recognizing both the thesaurus model and the SKOS model, including practical issues of how many to create in different circumstances

5. Sources for Terms - comprising content, users, and external reference sources

6. Term Relationships - comprising hierarchical, associative, and customized

7. Hierarchy & Faceted Design - suitability of structures, decision issues, information architecture considerations, and polyhierarchies, with numerous examples

8. Software Tools - major vendors listed with screenshots and live software demonstrations

9. Governance - specifications, policies, documentation, and maintenance



Register through the ASIS&T Annual Meeting website.



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