The Conference on Taxonomy Building & Management

Nov. 5 - 6, 2018 // Washington, DC
JW Marriott, Washington, DC
Taxonomy Boot Camp 2018

The Leading Conference on Taxonomy Building & Management

Taxonomy Boot Camp is the world’s leading conference dedicated to exploring the successes, challenges, methodologies and products for taxonomies. Join us and share your experiences, network with peers, and get incredible insight on taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies, tagging mechanisms and other techniques for organizing information at this one-of-a-kind event.

This year’s Taxonomy Boot Camp will explore how we can use our skills to help model and structure understanding to support all types of emerging technologies like AI and machine learning. Taxonomists and ontologists have long played the role of translators from human to machine and are thus key players in the developing world of AI. We will look at methodologies to better discover and codify how humans think, from user research techniques to knowledge modeling approaches. We will also look at how taxonomies and ontologies are being designed for use in “smart” applications.

Taxonomy Boot Camp is designed for everyone involved with taxonomies, from those new to the field to seasoned experts (and everyone in between). Beginner sessions cover the nuts and bolts, while more advanced sessions give experienced practitioners insight into how others have evolved their approaches. Hear case studies, how-to sessions, and practical talks on taxonomy tools and methods, and cutting-edge developments in the field.

You can expect to leave Taxonomy Boot Camp with new friends and business allies and fresh ideas and strategies. Join us this November to move your organization and career forward.

Taxonomy Boot Camp 

Taxonomies are all about creating structures that bring data and information to life. Taxonomy Boot Camp is the only conference dedicated to taxonomy building and management. Join us as we explore the successes, challenges, and methods of putting taxonomies to work for your organization.

Taxonomy Boot Camp is designed for Taxonomists and Ontologists, Information Architects, Content Managers, Knowledge Engineers, Intranet Professionals, Content Classification Specialists, Information Professionals, Information Scientists, and anyone responsible for classifying, organizing, or managing content.

Co-located events at Taxonomy Boot Camp

Taxonomy Boot Camp 2018 is a part of a unique program of five co-located conferences this November. Please take an opportunity to explore these events and their content below, then choose a Platinum Pass to gain full access to these distinct, but synergistic, conferences.


Discover the Untapped Potential Of Knowledge At The World's Leading Knowledge Management Event. Join more than 1000 of your peers and the brightest minds in knowledge and information management this November in Washington, D.C. Get practical advice, hear inspiring thought leadership, and attend in-depth training and workshops on how KM and related disciplines can provide enormous value for your organization and transform your business.

KMWorld is designed for CIOs & CKOs, IT managers, Knowledge Managers, Information Managers and Professionals, Executive Management, Intranet Managers, Information Architects, Content Managers, Customer Experience Professionals, Scientists & Engineers, Educators & Researchers, and anyone who wants to run an innovative, knowledge-driven enterprise.

Office 365 Symposium 

Come to the Office 365 Symposium to obtain unbiased reviews of the full breadth of Office 365.  What is the platform good at?  Where does it lag?  Where and how do you need to supplement native services?  How can you optimize your environment?

Office 365 Symposium is designed for anyone revisiting or updating their enterprise Office 365 and SharePoint strategy who wants unbiased information on the platform. 

Enterprise Search & Discovery 

The Enterprise Search & Discovery Conference is the only conference dedicated to exploring this critical business and technical challenge and opportunity. Discover how to design, build, and manage better search and discovery to help extract critical knowledge and business value from your organizational data. Join us as we explore how to provide transformative enterprise search and information discovery across your organization.

Enterprise Search & Discovery is designed for Search Managers, line-of-business departmental managers, IT managers, Information & Knowledge Architects, Compliance and Legal Officers, and anyone responsible for organizing, managing, and retrieving internal and/or external information.

Text Analytics Forum 

Text Analytics has the ability to add depth, meaning, and intelligence to any organization’s most under-utilized resource – text. Through text analytics, enterprises can unlock a wealth of information that would not otherwise be available. Join us as we explore the power of text analytics to provide relevant, valuable, and actionable data for enterprises of all kinds.

Text Analytics Forum is designed for Text Analysts, Content Managers, Data Analysts and Scientists, Knowledge Managers, CIOs and CKOs, Information and Knowledge Architects, Taxonomists and Ontologists, Business and Competitive Intelligence Pros, and anyone involved in organizing information or extracting valuable data from text.

Who Should Attend Taxonomy Boot Camp

Taxonomy Boot Camp 2018 is designed for anyone responsible for categorizing, organizing, or managing content, including:

  • Taxonomists
  • Content managers
  • Information architects
  • Information professionals
  • Knowledge engineers
  • Information scientists
  • Intranet/portal developers
  • Content classification specialists 

Why You Should Attend Taxonomy Boot Camp

Join us in DC this fall where we'll address the following:

  • Taxonomy/ontology modeling and development best practices
  • Taxonomy governance & adoption and ROI
  • Techniques for maintaining taxonomies (analytics, testing, etc.)
  • Information architecture and user experience (navigation, content publishing, etc.)
  • Metadata modeling and management (role of taxonomy)
  • Text analytics and auto-classification
  • User research & usability
  • Search & taxonomy
  • Implementation of taxonomies and metadata in specific content management applications (including DAM, CMS, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Taxonomy in AI and machine learning
  • Big data & business intelligence
  • Taxonomy management/development software selection and use 
  • Linked data, ontologies, semantic technology
  • Managing multi-lingual vocabularies

What Attendees are Saying about Taxonomy Boot Camp

“All of the people at this event — organizers, speakers, exhibitors and attendees — were open, welcoming and friendly, intelligent and sure of purpose … I loved it.”

“Wonderfully run conference. I think Taxonomy Boot Camp especially has a welcoming feel which is great for first timers or people attending on their own. Great selection of speakers and range of topics covered.”

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