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Pre-Conference Workshop: Taxonomy Fundamentals
at Taxonomy Boot Camp London conference

Participant Cost: 324
Date: Monday, 16 October 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Olympia London conference center, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, UK W14 8UX

With the growth of electronic information, taxonomies are increasingly used for organizing information and content in document and asset management systems, across enterprises, and on Web sites. For those that have little experience with taxonomies and would like to be brought up to speed prior to the main conference, or for those who would like to know more about how to design and create a taxonomy from scratch with a focus on best practices for creating terms and relationships between terms, this pre-conference workshop is being offered. It will provide recommended best practices for how to create terms, relationships, and variants for different kinds of taxonomies or controlled vocabularies, and will also introduce different software tools (with live demos) for doing so. Topics also include taxonomy and thesaurus displays, faceted taxonomies, sources for terms, and project approaches. Whether you need to create a taxonomy to organize information on a web site, classify information in a content management system, establish a controlled vocabulary for a periodical or database indexing project, or simply understand how to use them better, this class will help prepare you.


Workshop Outline

1. Definitions and Types of Taxonomies and other Knowledge Organization Systems - including a look at theoretical vs. practical comparisons of taxonomies and thesauri

2. Applications, Uses, and Benefits of Taxonomies and other Knowledge Organization Systems - 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 Designs - suitability of structures, decision issues, information architecture considerations, and polyhierarchies, with numerous examples

8. Facet Design - suitability of structures, decision issues, information architecture considerations, with numerous examples

9. Software Tools - major vendors listed with screenshots and demonstrations of selected products

10. Project Process & Management - planning, implementation

11. Taxonomy Maintenance and Governance - specifications, policies, and documentation

Lunch is included.



Registration is available online through the Taxonomy Boot Camp London website.



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