Wednesday 17 October 2018

09.30 - 10.25

KEYNOTE - Selling the benefits of taxonomy: numbers and stories

When it comes to convincing others of the benefits of having taxonomies, there is no magic formula. Tom provides a powerful multi-faceted approach revolving around numbers (return on investment), stories (a way to persuade people) and text analytics (an important application for well-managed taxonomies).

Moderator: Helen Lippell, Taxonomy, Metadata & Search Consultant, UK
Tom Reamy, Chief Knowledge Architect - KAPS Group, USA
10.30 - 11.15

A201 - Information architecture

Taxonomies are an important (yet sometimes under-rated) part of the information architecture discipline. These two talks from Marc and Emma give valuable insights into managing your content so that your users (whether internal or external) can effortlessly find their way around. The talks cover tools such as AI, as well as methodologies for making your website navigation work well.

Moderator: Randy Perkins-Smart, Director - Qaixen, UK
Modern content management technology: the end of information architecture?
Marc Stephenson, Technical Director - Metataxis, UK
Invisible architecture
Emma Chittenden, Owner - Oubliette Ltd, UK

B201 - State-of-the-art taxonomies for information retrieval

This session fits perfectly with our conference theme of ‘Making taxonomies go further’. Alex provides an overview of how to model a taxonomy which can be later extended with an ontology. This can enable, for example, better chatbots and automated question and answer applications. Heather shows the various ways that taxonomies are now an essential part of building a great search interface, because they help in supporting relevance, results grouping and faceted search results, among other uses.

Moderator: Andreas Ledl, Subject Librarian - Basel University Library, Switzerland
Why we should create taxonomies and extend them with ontologies
Alex Jackson, Data Engineer - PoolParty Software Ltd, UK
Taxonomies in support of search
Heather Hedden, Senior Vocabulary Editor - Gale/Cengage Learning, USA
11.15 - 11.45

Coffee and a chance to meet our sponsors

11.45 - 12.45

A202 - Enterprise information management

Many organisations have technical and business challenges when it comes to managing large and growing volumes of data. Yonah details how she worked across HBO to implement a global standard for language metadata. Katharine of Hackney Council presents a case study, showing how applying a taxonomy to the council's repository of Freedom of Information requests has made it easier for requesters to see if their issue has already been raised.

Moderator: Joyce van Aalten, Consultant/Taxonomist - Invenier, The Netherlands
Control your language (Table of values!)
Yonah Levenson, Manager of Taxonomy, Media Technology and Information Systems - HBO, USA
Transparency by design: using a taxonomy in an FOI disclosure log
Katharine Schopflin, Information Governance Lead - London Borough of Hackney, UK

B202 - Managing digital information at scale

This session deals with everything from digital assets to research information, yet many of the information management challenges are common to all. Theresa is an expert in digital asset management systems (DAMs), and focuses on metadata migration, especially in DAMs where metadata on image, video and audio assets is essential to reusability. Gerard discusses managing change in knowledge organisation systems – essential for keeping them useful and relevant. Valerie showcases an initiative which uses a repository of shared and agreed terminology to help academics manage and share research information more efficiently.

Moderator: Michael Upshall, Head of Business Development - UNSILO, Denmark
The great migration: getting your metadata from one system to another
Theresa Regli, Director - Vox Veritas Digital Ltd, UK
Knowledge organisation systems and the provenance of changes
Gerard Coen, Student Research Assistant - DANS (Data Archiving & Networked Services), The Netherlands
Talking the same language in research administration by using shared terminology
Valerie McCutcheon, Research Information Manager - University of Glasgow, UK
12.45 - 13.45

Lunch and a chance to meet our sponsors

13.45 - 14.30

Plenary Session: Being special – how to be the only taxonomist in your organisation

Managing taxonomies is a job suited to those who can work across the whole business, but also enjoy the nitty gritty detail of words and semantic relationships. Whether you do this as a full-time role or as one of many responsibilities, you may find yourself as the only taxonomist in your organisation. This doesn’t have to be lonely and challenging; there is also an opportunity to be recognised as an expert point of contact and steward of business-critical information.

Moderator: Stephanie Lemieux, President & Principal Consultant - Dovecot Studio, Canada
Anton Doroszenko, Thesaurus Manager - CAB International, UK
Helen Challinor, Departmental Taxonomist - Department for Education, UK
Maura Moran, Senior Content Consultant - Mekon, UK
14.30 - 14.45

Taxonomy Boot Camp London awards

Taxonomy Boot Camp London awardsA new feature for 2018 is the Taxonomy Boot Camp London awards designed to highlight the very best practitioners and organisations working with taxonomies today. These new awards will be presented following on from the plenary session.

We will be presenting:

Taxonomy Success of the Year– this could be anything from the small-scale but important quick win, to the personal (for example, persuading a stakeholder to adopt the taxonomy in their business area), to a successful launch in a big project.

Taxonomy Practitioner of the Year– for example, someone who’s gone the extra mile to support their organisation with taxonomies, or someone who got landed with managing their organisation’s taxonomy and got into it, or people who’ve contributed to the wider taxonomy practice, especially if they’ve done that in their own time or on their own initiative.

14.50 - 15.35

A203 - Tagging

For beginners, it can be daunting to get started in building and using taxonomies. This session will help those who are starting from the ground up. Leslie describes a methodology adapted from journalism in which asking the right questions at the outset leads to better stakeholder understanding. Janet is a volunteer working on image tagging for a small charity with no budget, so is well placed to show how important it is to get the basics right.

Moderator: Katharine Schopflin, Information Governance Lead - London Borough of Hackney, UK
Using journalistic techniques to develop your taxonomy
Leslie Santibanez, Information Architect - DataElix, Inc. Canada
Tagging images to improve retrieval. One year on – how did it work out in practice?
Janet White, Volunteer (LCM Communications Team) - London City Mission (LCM), UK Fairtrade Foundation (UK)

B203 - Linked Data and knowledge discovery

Taxonomies and ontologies that are well-implemented have the potential to revolutionise knowledge discovery, whether for publicly available Linked Data, or for information shared within specialist domains. Jim’s talk is an easy-to-follow walkthrough of creating a query and connecting it to entities from remote Linked Data sources, and using Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) to publish and access Linked Data. Julia and Sukaina explore how involving diverse stakeholders in taxonomy development is leading to more standardised use of terminology across the climate change and disaster risk reduction domains.

Moderator: Ahren E Lehnert, Senior Manager, Text Analytics Solutions - Synaptica LLC, USA
Taking your show on the road: publishing taxonomies and ontologies as Linked Data
Jim Sweeney, Senior Product Manager, Taxonomy & Ontology Solutions - Synaptica LLC, USA
Moving from ‘useful’ to ‘usable’ knowledge
Julia Barrott, Researcher - Stockholm Environment Institute, UK
Sukaina Bharwani, Senior Researcher - Stockholm Environment Institute, UK
15.35 - 16.05

Tea and a chance to meet our sponsors

16.05 - 17.00

A204 - Taxonomy standards and architecture

One of the most important applications for taxonomies is in enabling information in different places to be found, shared and understood. Denis’s case study covers the EU’s Publication Office’s use of taxonomies stored in a VocBench implementation, in order to manage publications created in all the EU’s official languages. Heather introduces the SKOS standard – an essential standard to know about for anyone working with knowledge organisation systems. Finally, Andreas also details how taxonomies can help across diverse data sources; in this case, legacy silos such as relational databases.

Moderator: Rahel Anne Bailie, Chief Knowledge Officer - Scroll, UK
Get your multilingual taxonomy shared and linked!
Denis Dechandon, Head of the Metadata Sector - Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg
A brief introduction to SKOS
Heather Hedden, Senior Vocabulary Editor - Gale/Cengage Learning, USA
Using taxonomies across legacy data silos: architectural options and modelling dilemmas
Andreas van der Hoeven, Enterprise Architect - Geophy, The Netherlands

B204 - Getting more out of enterprise search

This session is dedicated to getting more out of enterprise search, and is a chance to hear from two very experienced search evangelists. Jason shows that good search is like cooking, in that it takes of variety of ingredients plus skills to produce the right dish for your users, and will cover real-world examples from enterprise and cognitive search. Tony presents a new paradigm for formulating search queries. It uses ontologies and semantic relationships to allow users to move beyond simple text boxes or traditional query builders.

Moderator: Agnes Molnar, CEO - Search Explained, Hungary
Making search relevant
Jason McCullagh, Technical Account Executive - BA Insight, USA
Think outside the search box – a visual approach to search strategy formulation
Dr Tony Russell-Rose, Director - UXLabs, UK University of Essex

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