We're back in-person November 7 - 8, 2022 in Washington, DC!

Call for Speakers
Accelerating Transformation

Deadline has been extended to May 30

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone due to the current health crisis and that you have many other things on your mind, however, our team is still working hard to provide the best ever events in November: KMWorld 2021 & its co-located events Taxonomy Boot Camp, Enterprise Search & Discovery, and Text Analytics Forum.

If you find you have a few minutes to think of messages, experiences, and expertise that you want to share, please do consider sending us a proposal to speak. We understand that you might not know what your organization has planned regarding travel in the fall, so we are happy to have a conditional response to participation now. We plan to confirm speakers in June as we will hopefully all have a better view of the future at that point. We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to receiving your proposal.

The past year has seen an accelerated pace of change in organizations, forcing many to catch up or keep up with increased demand for online services and support for virtual knowledge work. Taxonomy is a foundational element of many of these valuable and transformational tools of the new era, helping to organize and disseminate vast amounts of content and data as well as connect people and knowledge.

Taxonomy Boot Camp showcases organizations that have tackled disruption and encouraged transformation with powerful taxonomy solutions for the future. They have brought order to chaos and practical and useful ways to charge forward in their industries.

Did you start a new taxonomy project to step up to the challenge of the new reality? Did you supercharge your existing taxonomy solutions to handle the influx of demand? Did you create an exciting and innovative taxonomy-based application in your organization to solve new problems? We want to hear from you all.

We’re looking for speakers who can share their experience in creating successful taxonomy solutions and advise on both hard and soft skills to help our attendees accelerate their learning and success. Hope to see you in November!

About Taxonomy Boot Camp

The Taxonomy Boot Camp program is designed to provide something for everyone, from taxonomy newbies to seasoned experts (and everyone in between). Beginner sessions provide those new to the field with the nuts and bolts they need to get up-to-speed and give more experienced practitioners insight into how others have evolved their approaches. Also hear case studies, practical sessions on taxonomy tools and methods, and cutting-edge developments in the field.

Taxonomy Boot Camp is the only conference dedicated to exploring the successes, challenges, methodologies, and products for taxonomies. Share your experiences, knowledge, and work with taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies, tagging mechanisms, and other techniques for organizing information at this one-of-a-kind boutique learning and networking event.

Suggested Topics

Topics for Taxonomy Boot Camp include but are not limited to:

  • Taxonomy/ontology modeling and development best practices
  • Taxonomy governance, adoption and ROI
  • Techniques for maintaining taxonomies (analytics, testing, etc.)
  • Information architecture and user experience (navigation, content publishing, etc.)
  • Metadata modeling and management (role of taxonomy)
  • Text analytics and auto-classification
  • Taxonomy management/development software selection and use
  • User research and usability
  • Search and taxonomy
  • Implementation of taxonomies and metadata in specific content management applications (including DAM, CMS, etc.)
  • Taxonomy in AI and machine learning
  • Big data, master data, and business intelligence
  • Linked data, semantic technology
  • Managing multi-lingual vocabularies

Presentation Formats

Taxonomy Boot Camp will have the following formats:

  • Short lectures (20 minutes) – big ideas in compact form
  • Full lectures (45 minutes) – complex idea with many examples, practical methods
  • Panel (45 minutes, 3-5 speakers) – moderated discussion or interlinked short presentations and Q&A

Overheard at Taxonomy Boot Camp

“Wonderfully run conference and I think Taxonomy Boot Camp especially has a welcoming feel which is great for first-timers or people attending on their own. Great selection of speakers and range of topics covered."

“Everyone at this event —the organizers, speakers, exhibitors, and attendees— were open, welcoming, friendly, intelligent, and sure of purpose. I loved it. "

Advice for Presenters

We’re always on the lookout for new, fresh presenters – so don’t hesitate to submit! Here are some helpful tips on how to get your presentation picked.
Be specific
Don’t try to cover all things taxonomy in the space of 45 minutes (let alone 20!!), it’s too much. Writing up a submission is one thing, delivering it is another. Broad topics often come across as rushed and confused. Try to whittle your concept down to a small, tight idea and then submit that.

Teach them something they can use
This year’s theme is “Creativity & Complexity: Developing Elegant Taxonomy Solutions”, which means we’re looking for techniques, tools and concrete ideas that people can take home and apply to create a solid taxonomy. You might have some theoretical grounding you need to do for the talk to make sense but keep the theory concise and make sure your takeaways are practical.

Give examples
We’re hot for case studies and visual examples of taxonomies in action. Be sure to mention what real-world examples you’ll be bringing to bear in your presentation.

Know your audience
Sharing insights about taxonomy is not about how clever you are, it’s about how clever you make your audience feel. Taxonomy Boot Camp caters to both novice and intermediate information management professionals, so make sure you tell us which group you’re targeting and match the tone and level of information.

To participate in Taxonomy Boot Camp 2021 as a possible speaker, please submit your proposal no later than the extended deadline of May 30, 2021here.  

Conference Chair

Stephanie Lemieux

Dovecot Studio

Stephanie Lemieux

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