- Dec 19, 2013Dear All,The Special Library Association's (SLA) annual conference will be held June 7 - 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. Early Registration for the conference is open till December 31st, 2013. The Taxonomy division has assembled several excellent sessions at the upcoming SLA Annual Conference on many different taxonomy-related topics including eDiscovery, Starting Taxonomies, Automated Categorization and many more. We also have two full-day continuing education sessions (lunches included) for both entry level and advanced taxonomy practitioners.Continuing Education Sessions:Taxonomy Integration: Content Management, Navigation and SearchSponsors: TaxonomyDate: Saturday, June 7, 2014Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pmCourse Level: AdvancedCost: $299 to SLA Members, $199 for Student/Retired SLA Members, $399 for Non-SLA MembersSummary: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.Introduction to TaxonomiesSponsors: TaxonomyDate: Saturday, June 7, 2014Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pmCourse Level: FundamentalCost: $299 to SLA Members, $199 for Student/Retired SLA Members, $399 for Non-SLA MembersSummary: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 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.Conference Sessions:Taxonomies: Everything You Need to Know to Start a Taxonomy From ScratchSponsors: TaxonomyDate: Sunday, June 8th, 2014Time: 11:45 am - 1:15 pmSummary:Answers the questions:• What is a taxonomy?• How do I get started creating a taxonomy?Digital Government Strategy: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve Our ConstituenciesSponsors: Government, TaxonomyDate: Sunday, June 8th, 2014Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pmSummary:Federal and local government agencies are implementing plans to provide more services to their constituents through digital means. Representatives from the U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. State Department, and the city of Vancouver will discuss their agencies’ efforts to move in that direction.I Don’t Have Time for Metadata! Adding Automated Categorization to your WorkflowSponsors: Taxonomy, Information TechnologyDate: Sunday, June 8th, 2014Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pmSummary:Automated categorization is a means of extending your expertise past what you can possibly categorize manually. During software set-up, some of your expertise is transferred to the software, which can then process much more material than you could ever process manually. Hear from a panel of librarians who have worked with auto-categorization products. Learn how auto-categorization was embedded into their workflows, as well as what they learned about the challenges, costs and required skill sets. Have some experience with auto-categorization? There will be opportunity to share your insights as well.The Bionic InfoPro – Machine Augmentation of Competitive IntelligenceSponsors: Taxonomy, Competitive IntelligenceDate: Monday, June 9th, 2014Time: 8:00 - 9:30 amSummary:Competitive intelligence work is an intensely analytical process. It relies on human knowledge and expertise. A panel of analysts will discuss how an analyst’s knowledge might be profiled as a taxonomy or an ontology for machine assisted analysis.The Search for Meaning and Semantics: Taxonomies Get it DoneSponsors: Taxonomy, PharmaDate: Monday, June 9th, 2014Time: 10:00 - 11:30 amSummary:Semantic search – a phrase that is increasingly used in the popular as well as the professional literature. What does it look like, and how will it work? Panelists will present their visions of semantic search. The program is designed to be interactive with audience participation: suggestions for functions and features they see in the future.eDiscovery: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to AskSponsors: Knowledge Management, Taxonomy, Environment & Resource ManagementDate: Monday, June 9th, 2014Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pmSummary:With records retention policies and legal hold procedures subject to increasing judicial system scrutiny, Records Managers can no longer afford to be ignorant of eDiscovery. Join us for a presentation of eDiscovery essentials! Presenters will discuss incorporating adequate legal hold mechanisms into document life cycle policies and processes, designing optimum metadata and taxonomy structures to facilitate court mandated searching, situations when it may be appropriate to employ a digital forensics expert, and what records officers can expect during the litigation process. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the document life cycle. They will also be able to clearly differentiate the roles and responsibilities of records management professionals, taxonomists, forensic experts and litigation attorneys in the eDiscovery process.Teach me! SharePoint, Metadata and Taxonomy Lessons from ExperienceSponsors: Taxonomy, GovernmentDate: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014Time: 8:00 - 9:30 amSummary:SharePoint’s architecture has built-in components for metadata and auto-categorization. Panelists will discuss how these components work, when the built-in components are the best choice, when an alternative might be a better option, and how to connect Sharepoint to your other institutional systems.Managing Digital Overload: Taking Advantage of TaxonomiesSponsors: Knowledge Management, Records Management, TaxonomyDate: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pmSummary:Information overload is not a new problem. However, many organizations are taking a new approach to managing this challenge. Enterprise content management (ECM) tools offer organizations the advantage of integrating web sites, repositories, collaboration sites, blogs, wikis, and other information formations. Maximizing the effectiveness of ECM tools, however, requires the use of metadata and taxonomies to focus in on the needed information. In this session, ECM managers share strategies to increase the effectiveness of ECM tools as knowledge management platforms.Registration Information:For information on how to register for the conference please see the SLA registration page.About Taxonomy Division:
The Taxonomy 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 check out our website, where we have information about upcoming events.