Taxonomies in publishing

27 September 2017

Publishing giants Thomson Reuters, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, Pearson, and Cengage Learning are all represented at next month’s Taxonomy Boot Camp in London, delivering invaluable insight through case studies and how-tos. We caught up with a couple of our publishing speakers and asked what we can expect to learn from their sessions in just three weeks’ time:

Bob BaileyChief Information Architect, Thomson Reuters, UK
“As an information publisher, Thomson Reuters brokers an information supply-chain that connects manifold sources to a user population with diverse interests spanning legal, financial, accounting, risk management, regulatory compliance and news.  My talk will explore how we handle preservation of context and meaning and what the ongoing changes in the information economy mean for us.” 
Bob discusses knowledge graphs and ontologies at Taxonomy Boot Camp in London.

Heather Hedden, Senior Vocabulary Editor, Cengage Learning, USA
One of the questions an organisation faces in developing taxonomies is whether to have a single unified taxonomy to serve multiple groups or product lines, or to have multiple more-customised taxonomies for different business needs. This is especially the case for publishers, which publish different kinds of content for different audiences or markets.  Cengage Learning publishes textbooks and related educational software primarily for the higher education market, but its Gale division publishes research databases for libraries.” In addition to her popular one-day taxonomy fundamentals workshop, Heather presents issues for publishers in A tale of two worlds: designing controlled vocabularies to meet specific business needs at Taxonomy Boot Camp in London.

Cathy Dolbear, Senior Link Architect, Oxford University PressUK
“Users of Oxford University Press’ online books and journals platform are less concerned about which product they’re looking at, and are more interested in being able to access information across their whole subject area, to answer their questions and achieve their research objectives. This has led us to develop a taxonomy of academic subjects, which ‘til now has been manually assigned by editors to each book or journal. I’ll be speaking about how we’re automating this multi-class, multi-label classification process, so each book chapter or journal article can be assigned its own academic subject, and how classification tools fit into the semantic ecosystem of taxonomy/ontology management, text mining and RDF knowledge graphs. I'll describe some of the technical and organisational hurdles we've overcome, and explain the main business drivers for implementing this automation: efficiency and improved user experience.” Cathy looks at taxonomy evaluation and maintenance at Taxonomy Boot Camp London.

Also representing the publishing community at London’s Taxonomy Boot CampVeronique Malaisé, Taxonomist at Elsevier, on semantic models in actionTuce Zengin, Global Portfolio Manager at Pearson, on creating global taxonomies in the media and publishing sector, and Roger Press, Director of Academic Rights Press, on fresh approaches to metadata and taxonomy.

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