17 & 18 October 2017   Olympia Conference Centre, London

Call for Speakers

Taxonomy Boot Camp London - Call for speakers
Theme: Making an impact

Submit Now!Last year’s inaugural Taxonomy Bootcamp London was a terrific success as taxonomy people from dozens of countries came together to share their stories and experiences. Now we’re doing it all over again, and we want to hear from you. Our theme is all about showcasing the best ideas from the community in making taxonomies a powerful, essential business asset.

It is clear that there is a real buzz around the use of taxonomies these days. They are popping up as the crucial element in all sorts of places. So whether you’re building navigation for websites, teaching search engines what the content is really about, battling with document management systems, or even applying machine learning to the next generation of digital tools, please consider submitting your talk to TBCL 2017.

We are keen to get:

  • Case studies - These were among the most popular talks from TBCL 2016
  • Projects-in-progress - You don’t need to wait for your project to launch to talk about it; in fact we’d love to hear your thoughts and learnings on works in progress. Come and get feedback and support from your peers
  • Technology stories - But don’t just tell us something’s great, tell us why it is
  • Taxonomy innovations - What are you applying taxonomies to that could push the boundaries of our profession?

Here are some of the areas we’re interested in (but you don’t have to stick to these!):

  • Taxonomy modelling and development
  • Taxonomy governance
  • Getting your taxonomy adopted and used
  • Maintaining taxonomies
  • Information architecture, website navigation
  • Intranet and digital workplace
  • Metadata management
  • Tagging - anything from auto-categorisation to manual application
  • Taxonomy software
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders, content and IT teams on agile projects
  • User research and usability
  • Search engines and taxonomy (especially e-commerce search)
  • Implementation of taxonomies and metadata, e.g. DAM, CMS, SharePoint, etc
  • Getting management buy-in and selling the value of taxonomy projects
  • Big data and taxonomies
  • Linked data, ontologies, semantic technologies
  • Managing multilingual vocabularies
  • NLP, machine learning, text analytics


Presentation Formats

Taxonomy Boot Camp London will feature a variety of formats, including: 

  • Short talks - 20 minute overview with examples and key points
  • In-depth talks - 35 minutes to share deep understanding of your work
  • Lightning talks (5 minutes) - If you’re newer to taxonomies or presenting, consider submitting a short talk. Pithy, focussed tips and insights work well in a short slot
  • Suggestions for full or half day pre-conference workshops, especially topics for beginners

Submit your ideas here

The deadline for submitting proposals is 7 April 2017. Click here to send us your ideas - we look forward to hearing from you! 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your idea, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you – email TBCL-Speakers@infotoday.com.

Hele LippellConference Chair

Helen Lippell
Taxonomy, metadata and search consultant

What happens next?

Please send us your speaking proposal using the online form. The advisory committee will review all submissions, and notification regarding acceptance will be made by the end of May 2017.

The primary speaker will receive a complimentary registration to the 2 day TBCL conference (including lunches, coffee breaks and a drinks reception).

Additional speakers receive a 40% discount on conference registration.

Please note that the expenses of attending Taxonomy Boot Camp London (including travel, accommodation, and any other expenses) will be the responsibility of the presenter. By submitting your proposal, you acknowledge that you accept this monetary responsibility.

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