Upcoming Presentations and Workshops

Heather Hedden presenting at SEMANTiCS Karlsruhe conference

Taxonomy and Metadata Design
Two-day series (4 hours/day) interactive online/virtual workshop
Organizer: Technology Transfer
Format: Online (Zoom) with interaction
Dates: Monday – Tuesday, October 11 – 12, 2021, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT (14:00 – 18:00 CEST) each day (with breaks)
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“Turning a Taxonomy into an Ontology” presentation
Taxonomy Boot Camp conference
Monday, November 15, 2021, 4:15 – 5:00 pm EST
Description: Taxonomies and ontologies used to be quite distinct, but now taxonomies, thesauri, and ontologies can be considered to be on a continuum of various kinds of knowledge organization systems. It’s not necessary to create a complete ontology from scratch, if you already have taxonomies or other controlled vocabularies. These vocabularies can be enriched with the features of an ontology (semantic relationships, custom attributes, and classes) by taking the ontology-design approach of building an ontology as a semantic layer on top of existing vocabularies. Hedden provides an introduction to ontologies and their components and walks through the steps extending a taxonomy by designing and adding an ontology semantic layer.

“Taxonomies and Text Analytics for Recommendation Systems” presentation
Text Analytics Forum conference
Format: Online
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 2:00 – 2:45 pm EST
Description: Recommendation systems goes beyond the limitations for search to get the right information to the right people by providing suggestions, such as for content, products, opportunities, connections, etc. A knowledge-based recommendation system, making use of a knowledge graph and text analytics, has advantages over other recommender technologies. This session presents a prototype recommendation system, an “HR Recommender” (for jobs, projects, and people to connect to) and explains how it is built. It is based on a semantic model of taxonomies and an ontology, content that is text-mined, algorithms for calculating similarities, a search index, and a front-end user interface. A demo of the recommender application and a demo of a tool for text mining and taxonomy/ontology modeling behind it will be presented.
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Book Sale and Signing Events

Heather Hedden at a book signing for "The Accidental Taxonomist"Heather Hedden signs copies of The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition, offered for sale at a conference discount at many of the conferences at which she speaks. Book discounts are also sometimes offered for online orders associated with virtual conferences.

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