Call for Speakers
Theme: Anything is Possible

Call For Speakers
If you would like to be considered as a speaker, click here to submit your ideas. Deadline 5 April 2019

Now in its fourth year, Taxonomy Boot Camp London is once again looking to showcase the very best insights and practices in taxonomy and related work. As always, we welcome contributions from taxonomy practitioners, technologists, researchers, developers, information architects, product managers and so on. Taxonomies are at the heart of the event, but we cover a vast array of topics around knowledge and information management. What makes this a great community is the desire to ‘sort out stuff’, whether it’s content, navigation, data or metadata.

Our attendees have a wide spectrum of experience and knowledge; some are complete beginners who have been told by their boss to 'do a taxonomy', while others have years of experience of working hands-on with highly complex taxonomies and projects. For this reason, we look to build a programme which caters for anyone who uses or manages taxonomies, ontologies, search applications and semantic data, and more.

Based on audience feedback from last year’s event, there is a great demand for presentations in the following fields, so if this is your area of interest, please send us your ideas (and see below for a longer list of topics):

  • Taxonomies for absolute beginners; the theory, the reality and the best practices
  • Enterprise search, including structured data, relevance engineering and day-to-day management
  • The ethical aspects of working with models and classifications
  • Knowledge graphs and blockchain - cutting through the hype to get to what’s useful

Talk lengths:

  • 20 minutes
  • 35 minutes
  • 10 minutes - perfect if you want to introduce your work and share a few key thoughts
  • 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
  • Ontology creation and usage
  • Ethical aspects of working with models and classifications
  • Knowledge graphs
  • Taxonomy maintenance and governance
  • Getting your taxonomy adopted and used in the organisation
  • Information architecture, website navigation
  • Enterprise search, especially relevance engineering
  • 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)
  • Blockchain technologies
  • 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
  • Linked data and semantic technologies
  • Managing multilingual vocabularies
  • NLP, machine learning, text analytics, AI

Submit your ideas here

The deadline for submitting proposals is 5 April 2019. 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 before submitting, 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 2019. 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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