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Taxonomy Times #19 Available Now

We are pleased to announce the next issue of Taxonomy Times *All-Vancouver Edition*, is available!

Division members may access it here:

http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLATAX/Bulletin+Current+Issue

 

What does Issue #19 have to offer?

  •  Available as pdf
  •  Letter from the Chair—feedback on DTax-sponsored sessions and CE courses
  •   Session Reports from SLA2014–everything the DTax Division sponsored
  •  Member Profile—SLA2014 presenter and attendee Bob Kasenchak
  •  Where you can find SLA2014 contributed papers
  •  And more!

Huge thanks to all the volunteers who contributed; Issue #19 may be our biggest issue ever!

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Taxonomy Division needs your help in Vancouver!

Are you going to Vancouver? Want a great way to meet and talk with other taxonomists? Read on.

The Taxonomy Division needs a few volunteers to take attendance at sessions, hand out evaluation sheets, serve as greeters at the open house, write summaries of programs for the Taxonomy Times, and tweet tidbits that tweak your interest. If you can help with any of these, please let us know via this short survey.

These short-term tasks are a great way to get involved, and we really need the help. Several of our Advisory Board have already volunteered, but we need a few more people. Helping out with such tasks is a great way to meet people and make a valuable contribution to the division.

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Taxonomy Times #18 is available now

Taxonomy Times, the quarterly bulletin of the SLA Taxonomy Division, has published its next issue. DTax members only may access it here:

http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLATAX/Bulletin+Current+Issue

Read up on what programming our division is sponsoring at SLA Annual in Vancouver. Discover new options to volunteer in a short- or long-term capacity. Get preliminary results from the member survey.

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Taxonomy A to Z at SLA 2014

Taxonomists – whether you’re an experienced professional, a novice, or wondering what the term means – Special Libraries Association (SLA) has something for you. This year’s annual conference will be June 8 – 10 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and includes educational sessions, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities that will let you meet and mingle with fellow taxonomists. Not a member of SLA? No matter — the conference is open to members, non-members, and students.

Even before the conference begins, you can participate in a full-day workshop devoted to the topic of taxonomy. Choose from one of these two CE sessions scheduled for Saturday, June 7:

Workshop Title: Taxonomy Integration: Content Management, Navigation and Search

Level: Advanced
Instructors: Michael Kilgore, InfoClear Consulting; Wendi Pohs, InfoClear Consulting
Summary: It’s time for taxonomists to move past the basics and gain a deeper understanding of the role that taxonomies play in organizations, especially in productivity applications like content management, web site navigation, and search. This all-day course begins with the basics of taxonomy integration, and moves on to analyze specific case studies that show how you can enrich and improve your web site, enhance your metadata, and boost your search engine’s relevance. You’ll come away with an understanding about how you can be a successful member of a software development team and have a set of Best Practices that you can apply immediately.
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Workshop Title: Introduction to Taxonomies

Level: Fundamental
Instructors: Margie Hlava, Access Innovations; Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations
Summary: This course introduces participants to the basic methodologies and techniques for taxonomy development, as well as providing an overview of taxonomy standards and their application in search, web sites, publishing, retail and e-commerce, records management and other organizational needs. Participants will explore key concepts of taxonomies, thesauri, indexing, classification and filtering. Discussion will include the basics of a taxonomy record and fundamental term relationships. Attendees will put concepts into practice through multiple exercises, including creating a simple taxonomy. Related software tools will also be discussed.

Each workshop costs: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Note: prices are in US dollars and include course materials, a box lunch, and beverages at breaks. Courses are open to SLA members and non-members. You do not need to register for the full conference to sign up for either CE workshop.

No-Host networking dinner

After an educational Saturday, network with your fellow taxonomists at the no-host dinner that evening starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no additional cost other than your dinner. As one veteran attendee said, “I’ve been to 3 dinners, and they always go by so quickly you don’t realize it has been hours. The dinners are held in interesting places with excellent food and there’s lots of laughter. The best part is meeting other working professionals and students interested in the field. We can talk shop at length and get ideas for the next project, learn about other aspects of the field, and learn from the pitfalls others have fallen into. Spouses are always welcome, and they often contribute to the conversations by providing an outsider’s perspective.”

The three-day SLA conference begins the next day, Sunday, June 8, and includes the many taxonomy sessions listed below. See the taxonomy website events calendar [taxonomy.sla.org/events] for more details.

Sunday, June 8, 2014:

Taxonomies: Everything You Need to Know to Start a Taxonomy From Scratch
Speakers: Heather Hedden, Cengage Learning; Jacob Ratliff, National Fire Protection Association

I Don’t Have Time for Metadata! Adding Automated Categorization to your Workflow
Speakers: Denise Bedford, Kent State University; Susan Golden, Zimmerman Associates; Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations; Joyce Ward, LexisNexis

Monday, June 9, 2014:

The Bionic InfoPro – Machine Augmentation of Competitive Intelligence
Speakers: Arik Johnson, Aurora WDC; Elaine Lasda Bergman, University at Albany

The Search for Meaning and Semantics: Taxonomies Get it Done
Speakers: Denise Bedford, Kent State University; Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies; Branka Kosovac, dotWit Consulting, Inc.
Managing Digital Overload: Taking Advantage of Taxonomies

Taxonomy Division Open House
Networking event

Tuesday, June 10, 2014:

Teach me! SharePoint, Metadata and Taxonomy Lessons from Experience
Speakers: Mike Doane, Term Management, LLC; Anne Rogers, Cargill

Roundtable: Current Topics in Taxonomies

Digital Government Strategy: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve Our Constituencies
Speakers: Rachel Flagg, U.S. General Services Administration; Sandra Singh, Vancouver Public Library; Chris Zammarelli, U.S. State Department

eDiscovery: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

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Read the pre-conference brochure (pdf) or check the SLA online planner to learn about additional informative programs, networking opportunities, and industry exhibitors showcasing pertinent products and services. View the two-minute video to get a glimpse of the opportunities available to you, and the beauty of Vancouver that awaits you.

What is the cost? That depends upon you. If you’re an SLA member and register by the early bird deadline of Friday, April 11, the cost of the three days is $529 USD. If you wait, the advance registration rate jumps to $699 USD for SLA members.
If you’re not an SLA member, the advance cost is $1040 USD. But, if you join SLA and register by Friday, April 11, you qualify for the early bird member rate of $714 USD! You save $326 – have access to all three days of the conference, and gain the benefits of membership. You can also register for one of the CE courses at the member rate of $299! But hurry, the early bird rate ends by end of business day, (4:00 PM ET) Friday April 11. Register today!

Consider joining SLA’s Taxonomy Division. The Division addresses ways to organize and structure information so that content is accessible and useful. It offers a practical context for exploring issues and sharing experiences related to planning, creating and maintaining taxonomies, thesauri, authority files, and other controlled vocabularies and information structures. If you are interested in learning more about the division, or joining us, please see the division website for information about upcoming events.

Regards,
D’Ann Hamilton-White
SLA Taxonomy Division, PR Chair

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Taxonomy Educational Opportunities

Hurry! Time is running out for Early Bird registration for SLA Vancouver 2014! Discounted rates end Friday, April 11. Save money on conference registration. Register today!

While you’re registering for the conference, you can also sign up for one of the Taxonomy Division’s exciting CE workshops. Whether you’re new to the field of taxonomy, or want to take your knowledge to the next level, you will find a course for you. Choose from one of the following two all-day courses offered Saturday, June 7, from 8 am to 5 pm. Note: prices listed are in US dollars and include course materials, a box lunch, and beverages at breaks. Book now, because The Vancouver Convention Centre has very strict catering policies: no on-site meals can be added!

Taxonomy Integration: Content Management, Navigation and Search

Course Level: Advanced
Cost: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Speakers: Michael Kilgore, InfoClear Consulting; Wendi Pohs, InfoClear Consulting
Summary: Taxonomies are here to stay, so it’s time for taxonomists to move past the basics and gain a deeper understanding of the role that taxonomies play in organizations, especially in productivity applications like content management, web site navigation, and search. This all-day course begins with the basics of taxonomy integration, and moves on to analyze specific case studies that show how you can enrich and improve your web site, enhance your metadata, and boost your search engine’s relevance. You’ll come away with an understanding about how you can be a successful member of a software development team and have a set of Best Practices that you can apply immediately.

About the Speakers:
Michael Kilgore has over 20 year experience as a consultant, senior executive, and technology architect in wireless communications, security information management, full text search, taxonomy tool development, and integrated information solutions. One of the original developers of the technology behind the NewsEdge realtime news delivery system, he specializes in building high-performance development teams to create workable search and retrieval systems. Before joining InfoClear full time, Mike was VP of Engineering at Schemalogic, a major business semantics tool vendor.

Wendi Pohs has designed and developed taxonomy and search applications for large organizations for over 20 years. She served on development teams for Lotus Development Corporation’s Notes/Domino and Discovery Server products, and managed Search and Taxonomy Integration for IBM’s Corporate Intranet, w3. Author of a book on knowledge management practices, she specializes in advanced semantic applications, built with an experienced practitioner’s point of view. An accomplished speaker at industry events, Wendi provides search and taxonomy consulting services to many large corporate clients.

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Introduction to Taxonomies

Course Level: Fundamental
Cost: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Speakers: Margie Hlava, Access Innovations; Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations
(Note: The speakers are Ms. Hlava and Mr. Kasenchak, which is a change from previously published materials.)
Summary: Experience a fast moving and powerful introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of building taxonomies. A well-built taxonomy is part of the foundation of the information architecture underlying web sites, corporate Intranets, search, and access to content in databases. This course introduces participants to the basic methodologies and techniques for taxonomy development, as well as providing an overview of taxonomy standards and their application in search, web sites, publishing, retail and e-commerce, records management and other organizational needs.
After defining controlled vocabularies and identifying the core standards, participants will explore key concepts of taxonomies, thesauri, indexing, classification and filtering. Discussion will include the basics of a taxonomy records and fundamental term relationships. Attendees will put concepts into practice through multiple exercises, including creating a simple taxonomy. Related software tools will also be discussed.

About the Speakers:
Marjorie (Margie) Hlava has worked behind the scenes for most of the major information organizations. She worked for five years at NASA and was also the Information Director for the DOE National Energy Information Center and its affiliate NEICA. She became Information Director before taking her team private as Access Innovations, Inc. in 1978. She developed Access Innovations software suite (Data Harmony) specifically to increase accuracy and consistency while streamlining the clerical aspects in editorial and indexing tasks. Margie served as NFAIS president from 2003 to 2004, and has served on the board of SLA twice, was president of the ASIS&T, president of Documentation Abstracts, president of ASIDIC, and Treasurer of IIA at the time of its merger with SPA to become SIIA, as well as having served in many board, committee, and editorial positions within each of those organizations. She currently serves on several boards, including those for the ASIS&T Bulletin (Chair), Information Systems and Use, Places and Spaces, University of North Carolina SLIS, and the SLA Taxonomy Division (founding Chair). Margie’s work has been acknowledged through numerous awards throughout her career, including ASIS&T’s Watson Davis award, the SLA President’s Award, recognition as an SLA Fellow, and as an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence for Technology. In February 2014 she was awarded the Miles Conrad lectureship for NFAIS.

Bob Kasenchak provides oversight and support of editorial projects at the company. His job responsibilities include a wide range of client specifications, thesaurus creation, rule building, and customer interaction. Bob has led taxonomy development and other projects for JSTOR, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, the American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE), Engineering Research Education (ERE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Thesaurus (MSHT). Bob attended St. John’s College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, completing his master’s in theoretical studies and doctoral work in music theory. He lists his interests as tea, music, pipes, design, philosophy, and literature. He is married with one cat.

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After an educational Saturday, network with your fellow taxonomists at the no-host dinner that evening starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no additional cost other than your dinner. More information will be available soon.

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Still not sure? Read about Taxonomy Division’s other educational and networking opportunities at SLA Vancouver on our Taxonomy wiki. View SLA’s Conference Preview brochure or the SLA’s Online Planner to see what additional programs, meetings, networking events, tours, and Expo offerings are available for you.

Remember, Early Bird registration for the conference ends Friday, April 11. Save money and register today!

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