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Post-Conference Workshop: Designing Taxonomies and Metadata for Content Management
at the Gilbane Digital Content Conference

Participant Cost: $395, which also includes access to the Technology Showcase, Keynotes, and the November 28 reception.
Date: Thursday, November 30, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Workshop description on conference website

A content management system (including WCM, ECM, and DAM systems) supports the categorizing or classification of content through the use of taxonomies or metadata, which can greatly enhance the ease of content retrieval. But simply importing an off-the-shelf taxonomy or metadata schema is not sufficient. Taxonomies and metadata need to be designed to best represent the unique content set and the particular users.

The workshop will begin with an introduction on basic principles and best practices in taxonomy design for hierarchical and faceted taxonomies, including term wording, hierarchical relationship rules, and the creation of synonyms/alternate labels, using real life examples. The workshop will then also cover these issues:
  • Building vs. buying a taxonomy
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Developing taxonomy vs. metadata
  • Representing categories as folders vs. as tags
  • Designing shared vs. separate metadata for different purposes
  • Testing the taxonomy
  • Developing tagging policies and governance plans
A blog post in the Accidental Taxonomist Blog introduces some of these issues, "Taxonomy Design for Content Management."



Registration is now open on the Gilbane conference online registration page.
If you wish to register for the full conference, use the priority code 17SPEAK to get $100 off the regulary price.



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