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Webinar: Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

Mark your Calendars!   Registration Details to be announced soon.

Heather Hedden presents –

Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

February 7, 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST

Summary:
One of the main ways that a taxonomy, thesaurus, or any controlled vocabulary is valuable is that it brings together various synonyms or different wordings of the same concept together so that users retrieve the desired results despite different ways to describe it. Thus, an important part of creating good taxonomies is developing useful variants for terms. These may be called synonyms, alternative labels, nonpreferred terms, etc. This presentation explains the different types of variants and provides thorough instruction on creating them. Topics covered include: definitions, examples, usage, types, creation and implementation, how many to create, impact of the user interface and search, and variations/customizations.
This is an expanded version of a presentation delivered at Taxonomy Boot Camp London in October.
Bio:
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, where she edits the subject thesaurus for the indexing/retrieval of Gale research database content and develops and edits discipline taxonomies for educational products. Previously she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant, First Wind, and Project Performance Corporation and also as an independent taxonomy consultant at Hedden Information Management. Heather has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing, and she is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist.

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Webinar: Managing Mature Taxonomies: What We Are Working on Now

Please join the SLA Taxonomy Division for our upcoming webinar –

Managing Mature Taxonomies: What We Are Working on Now

 Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12 PM (Eastern Time)

Cost: Free!

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5811238189805878020

Summary: Taxonomies have finally come of age, and like mature gardens, they require careful cultivation and pruning. Join Paula McCoy of ProQuest, Heather Hedden of Cengage Learning and Wendi Pohs of InfoClear Consulting as they discuss their current taxonomy maintenance projects, and the tools and processes that help them do their work.

Paula will talk about ProQuest’s efforts to consolidate many of its specialized vocabularies. Heather will share work on a current project involving changing policies and approaches to dealing with orphan terms in the Gale subject thesaurus. Based on her experience at various client sites, Wendi will discuss the trends in governance and tooling that she sees emerging to manage mature taxonomies.

About the Presenters

Paula McCoy is Senior Manager, Content Technology, at ProQuest’s Editorial office in Louisville, Kentucky.  She oversees all editorial operations, including indexing and taxonomy management. She has been Taxonomy Manager for ProQuest since 2003. In that time, the ProQuest Thesaurus has grown from 8,000 terms to over 13,000; indexing has become largely automated; and the company has acquired many specialized vocabularies that are now being fully managed and, in several cases, integrated into the larger PQ Thesaurus. Paula joined SLA and the Taxonomy Division in December 2010. She is currently Chair of the division.

Heather Hedden is a Senior Vocabulary Editor at Cengage Learning, author of The Accidental Taxonomist, continuing education instructor at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, SLA Taxonomy Division board member, American Society for Indexing board member, and NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project working group member.

Wendi Pohs is Past-Chair of the Taxonomy Division, and CTO at InfoClear Consulting, a consultancy that specializes in semantic technologies, including taxonomy, auto-categorization, search, and graph database.  InfoClear Consulting has been helping large companies build, manage, and integrate semantic data structures for almost 15 years.

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Taxonomy Cafe – Continuing Ed Opportunity at SLA 2016

Check out Taxonomy Cafe a new continuing education program being offered Saturday, June 11, 2016. This workshop precedes the Special Libraries Association’s annual conference scheduled for June 12 – 14, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Workshop Title: Taxonomy Cafe

Saturday, June 11, 2016; 8 AM to 5 PM

Presenters:

  • Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations
  • Janice Keeler, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Gail Hodge, Information International Associates
  • Jabin White, JSTOR
  • Heather Kotula, Access Innovations
  • Heather Hedden, Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Arthur Buchberg, AACR
  • Daniel Mayer, Expert Systems
  • Jim Sweeney, Synaptica
  • Bob Kasenchak, Data Harmony

Summary:

In order to continue preparing SLA taxonomists for more advanced implementations, we have asked a number of people to share their real-life experiences with us in an interactive presentation and discussion format. In the first section of this course, presenters each will give a 30-minute overview of their work using taxonomies. They will cover how and why their organizations decided to implement a taxonomy, their approaches to implementation, lessons learned, and the current status. After lunch, the presenters will be available for small group discussions and Q&A with participants who will move around to the speaker tables to interact directly with them. Then three technology and standards groups will present short overviews of their products. Presenters will be available for participants to speak directly with them for a more in-depth understanding of the concepts and options available from each.

Cost:

$299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Prices are in US dollars and include course materials, box lunch and beverages at break.

Book now !  CE courses are open to SLA members and non-members.  Tickets for the CE courses are in the  Additional Options Section of the Registration form. You do not need to register for the full conference to attend a CE course. If you have already registered you may add the CE course.

To read about other taxonomy educational and networking opportunities in Philadelphia, check out SLA’s Online Planner. The conference offers numerous opportunities to meet colleagues, learn new skills, and enjoy the beautiful sights of the city.

Register today!

Not a member of SLA?  Join SLA and register at the same time. Learn more about the association, other upcoming events, and the benefits of membership.

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Register now for the next Taxonomy Division Webinar: Developing Local Business Ontologies for Fun and Profit

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(Registration closes 5 PM ET, August 11, 2015)

Date: August 13, 2015
Time: 1:00pm ET

DESCRIPTION

Interested in learning how to take taxonomies to the next level? Join presenter Michael Bauer as he shows us how to take a small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) taxonomy and extend it into a full ontology that organizes and establishes the relationships among different kinds of businesses, their goods and services, and their relevant locations to one another. He’ll show us how to take it further and extend the ontology to include how consumers search on the web and how they can be targeted on Facebook for advertising purposes. Finally we’ll get an understanding of how this complete ontology fits into the context of current trends of the sharing economy and mobile experience.

PRESENTER BIO

Michael Bauer is an ontologist and entrepreneur with expertise in building local business ontologies. But, that’s not all. Michael’s years of experience in the ever changing field of information science and technology have helped him develop a broad range of skills in everything from knowledge management to software programming. He helped put MapQuest on the web and consulted for Joltid, the predecessor of Skype. More recent projects include Enlightenment, a crowd-sourced photo sorting, classifying and tagging system and Alignment, a system for standardizing multiple local business taxonomies.

Please note:

  • All webinars are listed in Eastern Time.
  • The week of the webinar, you will receive information about accessing the Webinar. This information will be sent to all attendees after registration closes.
  • Webinars are free to division members. SLA members may attend for $15, or contact SLA to add the division for $20. Non-members may attend for $50. To avoid delays in processing your registration, please select the correct membership category from the dropdown.

Click here to Register for this exciting webinar

Hurry! Registration closes August 11. Access information will be sent to all registrants on August 12.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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SLA 2015 slides available for download

Want to recap your experiences at SLA 2015? Need to share that great information with your colleagues? Or did you miss the conference and need catch up on the action?

Slides from SLATaxo sessions are available for download at http://taxonomy.sla.org/2015ConferenceSlides. We are adding a few more soon, so please check back next week if your favorite session isn’t up yet.

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SLA 2015 session feedback

Are you planning to attend any Taxonomy Division-sponsored sessions at SLA 2015? Be sure to let us know what you thought by filling out the session evaluation form online. It’s quick and provides critical input that helps us plan events year-round.

http://taxonomy.sla.org/eval

Thanks!

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Register today: Taxonomy as the Foundation for Successful Digital Asset Management: Who Gives a DAM?

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(Registration closes 5 PM ET, May 12, 2015)

DESCRIPTION

Do you ever wonder whether your work place needs a DAM solution? Sharing and repurposing digital content via a Digital Asset Management system can result in reduced production efforts, decreased time spent locating content and overall cost savings. But what if you’ve never used a DAM or your content is disorganized and living in the various digital nooks and crannies of your employer? Join presenter Laura Fu as she guides us through designing an enterprise taxonomy and metadata schema to form the foundation of a successful DAM. The process will help you better understand your content and users’ search needs.  Enterprise taxonomy design for DAM will also lead to the discovery of content that was previously unknown to members of a corporation. And, it can be a really fun project.

SPEAKER

Laura Fu is a digital asset management implementation consultant and customer success resource with NAPC, Inc. She earned her BA in video production from Hofstra University in 2002 and her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2013. She has worked in media libraries since 2002, initially focusing on television news and video collections. In 2011 she joined the DAM team at Sears Holdings Corporation, helping to maintain digital content using corporate taxonomies and automated data enrichment workflows. Laura currently works at NAPC, overseeing DAM implementation with a focus on DAM taxonomy design.

Please note:

  • All webinars are listed in Eastern Time.
  • The week of the webinar, you will receive information about accessing the Webinar. This information will be sent to all attendees after registration closes.
  • Webinars are free to division members. SLA members may attend for $15, or contact SLA to add the division for $20. Non-members may attend for $50. To avoid delays in processing your registration, please select the correct membership category from the dropdown.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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Last chance to register for Using Analytics To Improve Your Taxonomy and User Search Experience

Happy 2015!

And a reminder today is the last day to register for the SLA Taxonomy Division’s first webinar of 2015. Remember, this webinar is free to Taxonomy Division members!

Click here to register
(Registration closes 5 PM ET, January 6, 2015)

Date: January 8, 2015
Time: 1:00pm ET

DESCRIPTION

Maintaining a taxonomy is a constant work in progress and the more tools we have in our tool kit the easier our lives and the better our taxonomies. The SLA Taxonomy Division is excited to have LeChara Gregory, a taxonomist at VMware, kicking off our 2015 webinar series. LeChara will explain the tools and processes she uses to generate analytics for search and taxonomy. Using tools such as the Google search appliance she is able to reduce time-to-find, improve the quality of her taxonomy and enhance her users’ search experience. 

PRESENTER BIO

LeChara Gregory began her VMWare career with the System Ops team where she developed and delivered various training courses for the VMWare tech staff. This led her to Knowledge Management and her career as a taxonomist for VMWare.

Please note:

  • All webinars are listed in Eastern Time.
  • The week of the webinar, you will receive information about accessing the Webinar. This information will be sent to all attendees after registration closes.
  • Webinars are free to division members. SLA members may attend for $15, or contact SLA to add the division for $20. Non-members may attend for $50. To avoid delays in processing your registration, please select the correct membership category from the dropdown.

Click here to Register for this exciting webinar

Hurry! Registration closes January 6. Access information will be sent to all registrants on January 7.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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