Call for Speakers
Theme: Making Taxonomies Go Further

Call For Speakers
If you would like to be considered as a speaker, click here to submit your ideas.

Taxonomy Boot Camp London is now in its third year and has become, in a short space of time, an essential ‘must-attend’ event for anyone who works with taxonomies in the UK, Europe and beyond, welcoming 192 attendees from 16 countries in 2017.

The Call for Speakers is now open for the 2018 conference - be part of a diverse and friendly community and consider sharing your knowledge.

Taxonomy Boot Camp London brings together people from across the whole spectrum of taxonomy work, whether they are practitioners, technologists, researchers and so on.

This year’s theme - Making Taxonomies Go Further – once again aims to meet the needs of people whatever their level of experience, from absolute beginners to those pushing the boundaries of taxonomy applications. Wherever you are working with taxonomies, from websites, content management systems, and digital asset management systems, to machine learning and social media analysis, we would love to hear about it.

In response to feedback from last year’s event, we are looking to increase the amount of material we have both for those who are new to taxonomy work, and for those for whom taxonomy is a small component of their overall jobs. So if you can help them make the most of their time spent with taxonomies, get in touch! 

We are keen to get:

  • Introductory material -  If you’ve delivered ‘Taxonomy 101’ in your organisation, why not share your knowledge with our very receptive audience
  • Case studies - These are always popular
  • Submissions on selecting and using taxonomy management tools
  • Talks covering information architecture, structured content or content strategy
  • Talks from the e-commerce sector

Also this year, for the first time, we are aiming to introduce an enterprise search component. This important topic was popular at last year’s event, and we would like to see more case studies,  search management talks, search taxonomy success stories, industry analysis, and anything else search-related you think our audience will enjoy.

Talk lengths

  • 20 minutes
  • 35 minutes
  • 5 minute lightning talks - These are great for introducing your project, or sharing ‘top tips’
  • We are also looking for suggestions for full or half day pre-conference workshops, especially topics for beginners

These are some of the very many areas we are interested in (but please don’t feel constrained by these!): 

  • Taxonomy modelling and development
  • Taxonomy maintenance and governance
  • Getting your taxonomy adopted and used in the organisation
  • Information architecture, website navigation
  • Enterprise search
  • Intranet and digital workplace
  • Metadata management
  • Tagging - anything from auto-categorisation to manual application
  • Taxonomy software
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders, content and IT teams
  • User research
  • 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 analytics and the use of taxonomies
  • All aspects of linked data, ontologies and semantic technologies
  • Managing multilingual vocabularies
  • NLP, machine learning, text analytics

Submit your ideas here.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 6 April 2018. 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

Helen Lippell Helen Lippell

Conference Chair

Taxonomy, metadata and search consultant

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Notification regarding acceptance will be made by the end of May 2018. If your proposal is selected, the primary speaker will receive a free registration to the full conference, which includes lunches and a reception. Additional speakers receive a 40% discount on conference registration.

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