Interactive Virtual Taxonomy Workshops

From Taxonomy to Ontology

Organizer: SLA (Special Libraries Association)
Date: Thursday, July 14, 2:00 – 4:30 pm EDT
Format: interactive Zoom
Price: $150 ($100 for SLA members)
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While taxonomies support findability and information retrieval, ontologies support additional information retrieval methods, such as enabling complex queries, the exploration of different relationships, and quick access to associated data, and not just content. The Semantic Web standards, upon which modern information ontologies are built, have brought ontologies more closely aligned to taxonomies and other knowledge organization systems, than the merely computer science use of ontologies of the past. Integrating ontologies with taxonomies has many practical applications, which increasingly more companies and organizations are implementing. This educational session teaches the fundamental principles of ontologies for information science, including their definitions, types, standards, benefits, and uses, including knowledge graphs. It then instructs by ways of examples, how to extend a taxonomy to become an ontology, and then addresses issues in modeling and designing ontology classes, relations, and attributes, including best options and practices. Tools and technologies will also be addressed.

Taxonomy and Metadata Design

Two-day series (4 hours/day) interactive online/virtual workshop
Organizer: Technology Transfer
Dates: 8 hours over two days: Monday – Tuesday, November 14 – 15, 2022,
8:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (14:00 – 18:00 CET) each day (with breaks)
Format: interactive Zoom
Price: € 600
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A core part of a knowledge management or content management plan is an integrated taxonomy and metadata strategy. Content that is tagged with metadata, supported by a taxonomy, becomes more manageable, findable, discoverable, and sharable. Metadata is broader than a taxonomy, but a taxonomy is deeper than metadata alone.

Taxonomies and descriptive metadata should be designed in combination. Taxonomies and metadata also need to be designed to best represent the unique content set and its particular users. A licensed taxonomy from an external source is rarely appropriate. This one-day seminar provides the basics in best practices for designing and building a taxonomy and a broader descriptive metadata schema that supports findability and discoverability.

This seminar considers all implementation of metadata and taxonomies, whether for internal/enterprise knowledge management or for customer-facing Web content management, whether for manual or auto-tagging, and whether in a content management system, document management system, digital asset management system, SharePoint, or an internally developed database.

What you will learn

  • The types, benefits, uses of taxonomies
  • How to determine what kind of taxonomy is right for your implementation
  • What resources to use in developing a taxonomy
  • How to design a set of metadata properties that will be appropriately usable and useful
  • How to develop taxonomy terms/metadata values and synonyms that best serve the users
  • How to correctly structure hierarchical relationships between taxonomy terms
  • How to design a faceted taxonomy with consideration of the user interface
  • What should be included in a taxonomy/metadata governance plan
  • What software tools are available for taxonomy management

Main Topics

  • Metadata and controlled vocabulary definitions, types, uses, and standards
  • Tagging and categorizing
  • Planning and design of metadata and taxonomy
  • Developing terms, synonyms, and hierarchical relationships
  • Taxonomy structural design: hierarchical and faceted
  • Taxonomy implementations, displays, search integration, multilingual options, and interoperability
  • Taxonomy management software

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