18 & 19 October 2016   Olympia Conference Centre, London

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

09.30 - 10.15

Keynote: Gathering evidence for a taxonomy – knowledge mapping or content modelling

Day Two of Taxonomy Boot Camp London opens with Patrick Lambe’s stimulating overview of how to make your taxonomy both evidence-based and user-focussed. The two approaches are knowledge mapping and content mapping; both covered in depth here.

Patrick Lambe, Partner - Straits Knowledge & Author, Principles of Knowledge Auditing
10.15 - 10.25

A brief introduction to the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO)

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Judi Vernau, Information Architect - Metataxis Ltd
10.30 - 11.15

A201 - Taxonomy development

Building on today’s keynote, this session features two perspectives on learning to develop taxonomies to maximise their usefulness, whether this is for information access, resource discovery or other applications. One is a beginner’s personal journey, the second a deep dive from an experienced practitioner and technologist.

Moderator: Michael Upshall, Head of Business Development - UNSILO, Denmark
From theory to (good enough) practice: the journey of an absolute beginner into taxonomy development
Ivan Donadello, Library and Information Specialist - ICANN
A guide to designing taxonomies
Dave Clarke, Founder - Synaptica

B201 - Search applications

Businesses sometimes regard taxonomy and tagging as a kind of magic bullet to improve search implementation. But even more than this, the power of structuring metadata can lead to exciting possibilities for applications in knowledge management, collaborative tools, and compliance, among others.

Moderator: Barbie E. Keiser, President - Barbie E. Keiser, Inc.
Innovative combinations of search and taxonomy
Jeff Fried, Director, Product Management - Intersystems
11.15 - 11.45

Coffee and Sponsors

11.45 - 13.00

A202 - Taxonomies for structured content

The common theme to each of these talks is how taxonomies can be the engines for smart, dynamic management of content and metadata; driving websites, content management systems and more. The session covers XML, ontologies and linked data – all vital technologies that taxonomists should be able to understand and exploit.

Moderator: Adrian Fisher, Director - Adrian Fisher Consulting Ltd
Multiplying the power of taxonomy with granular, structured content
Joe Pairman, Lead Consultant - Mekon, UK
The journey from Excel spreadsheet taxonomy to award-winning ontology-driven dynamic content distribution system
Jane Patterson, Research Information Manager - BCA Research
How to fast-track taxonomy projects using linked data
Dave Clarke, Founder - Synaptica

B202 - Tagging at the cutting edge

Text analytics, automatic tagging, auto-categorisation – however you want to label it, there’s no denying it is one of the hottest topics in information management at the moment. These talks illustrate how taxonomies can be enhanced through the use of search technology, APIs and categorisation rules in order to provide tagging at scale to large, diverse information sources.

Moderator: Helen Challinor, Departmental Taxonomist - Department for Education, UK
The case for catonomies
Tom Reamy, Chief Knowledge Architect & Founder - KAPS Group, LLC, USA Author, Deep Text
The Climate Tagger – turning data into knowledge
Martin Kaltenboeck, CFO, Management - PoolParty / Semantic Web Company ODI Node Vienna, Open Knowledge Austria
Sukaina Bharwani, Senior Researcher - Stockholm Environment Institute, UK
Automatic tagging: how we indexed a content collection with Solr
Michael Upshall, Head of Business Development - UNSILO, Denmark
13.00 - 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.30

Making taxonomies visible and useful in the business

The process of embedding a taxonomy in the business has many challenges, so this session offers tips and learnings from people who’ve been there. It covers ensuring your taxonomy design is technically viable and scalable to future unknown needs; working with a multitude of stakeholders during implementation; and finally, a panel discussion on the good, bad and ugly of being a taxonomist in a team full of different skills and personalities.

Moderator: John Baker, CEO & Founder - Digirati
Taxonomies and the systems in which they reside: is the technology-agnostic approach right for you?
Ben Licciardi, Manager - PwC
Implementing an enterprise taxonomy
Lynnette Simpson, Content Strategist - World Bank Group, USA
Working within multi-disciplinary teams - taxonomist tales from the trenches
Anoushka Ferrari, User Experience Architect - BBC
Jonathan Engel, Information Architect - InfoArk, UK
Helen Lippell, Taxonomy, Metadata & Search Consultant - UK
Moderator: Stella Dextre Clarke, Vice Chair - ISKO, UK
15.30 - 16.00

Tea Break

16.00 - 17.00

A203 - Software for taxonomies and tagging

An invaluable session for anyone involved with selecting technology to manage taxonomies and/or tagging. There is a crowded marketplace out there, but every organisation has its particular requirements and unique needs. These talks make it easy to read between the lines of hype and help your selection process based on features, vendor support, implementation, cost-effectiveness and more.

Moderator: Helen Skelton, Senior Information Manager - Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Choosing the right taxonomy tool
Stephanie Lemieux, President & Principal Consultant - Dovecot Studio
Tagging matters: choosing the right tool to automate content tagging in your organisation
Barbie E. Keiser, President - Barbie E. Keiser, Inc.

Close of Conference

B203 - Thesauri

Thesauri and terminology repositories are widely used in academic publishing and research, where there is an obvious need for application of controlled vocabulary for retrieval, navigation, pattern analysis, sharing of knowledge organisation systems etc. These two case studies come from the world’s largest publisher of open access science articles, and the University Library of Basel, respectively.

Moderator: Tom Reamy, Chief Knowledge Architect & Founder - KAPS Group, LLC, USA Author, Deep Text
The PLOS thesaurus and machine-aided indexing at a megajournal publisher
Dr. Rachel Drysdale, Manager, Taxonomy Systems and Analysis - PLOS
The Basel Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications
Andreas Ledl, Subject Librarian - Basel University Library, Switzerland

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