Bite-sized Taxonomy Boot Camp 2023 Programme
All sessions take place on Zoom.

Tickets for 21 June Boot Camp are available here

Bite-sized Taxonomy Boot Camp, Wednesday 21 June


Recruitment taxonomies and the power of similarity search

02:00 PM2023-06-212023-06-21

Wednesday 21 June: 14.00 - 14.45

The process of recruitment has long benefitted from the use of taxonomies to categorise, filter and organise information in job advertisements and CVs.  Dave and Sarah discuss how taxonomies, automatic classification and innovative search techniques can help match the right people to the right jobs.


, Founder, Synaptica LLC, USA

, Director of Client Solutions, Synaptica LLC, USA


Taxonomies in action

03:00 PM2023-06-212023-06-21

Wednesday 21 June: 15.00 - 15.45

The different types of product taxonomies

Semantic technologies for historical collections -
A case study from the Sloane Lab Knowledge Base

This session demonstrates the amazing breadth of applications for taxonomies; from ecommerce to historical preservation. Product taxonomies are (or should be) an essential part of any ecommerce operation. Chantal’s talk, which is very suitable for beginners, covers the basic types and the ways they can be used in order to provide a great user experience. Meanwhile, Andreas’s case study is of a heritage collection knowledge base which is powered by standards-based semantic technologies to facilitate findability, research and discovery.


, Practice Director of Data Services, Pivotree, USA

, Lecturer in Information Science, UCL, UK


Using Airtable for taxonomy management, tagging & mappings

04:00 PM2023-06-212023-06-21

Wednesday 21 June: 16.00 - 16.45

Airtable is an increasingly popular business tool which sits somewhere between a spreadsheet and a database. Michele gives a practical and knowledgeable overview of where Airtable can be used for taxonomy design, development and mappings, and just as importantly, an honest view of its limitations.


, Senior Consultant, Dovecot Studio, Canada

Bite-sized Taxonomy Boot Camp, Wednesday 11 October


Taxonomies in SharePoint: challenges and opportunities

02:00 PM2023-10-112023-10-11

Wednesday 11 October: 14.00 - 14.45

SharePoint is a widely-used tool for storing and managing enterprise documents and information; and it has some features for supporting tagging and taxonomies. Heather’s session is an introduction (or refresher) for anyone who wants to improve the usefulness of their organisation’s SharePoint implementation. She covers the Term Store and strategies for taxonomy management and tagging.


, Product Communication Representative - Americas, Knowledge Manager, Semantic Web Company, USA and author of The Accidental Taxonomist


Taxonomies in action

03:00 PM2023-10-112023-10-11

Wednesday 11 October: 15.00 - 15.45

Taxonomy governance in tourism

To cut or unravel  - taxonomy's Gordian Knot?

This very practical session provides case studies of hands-on taxonomy management so that they are relevant, useful and sustainable. Lynette covers the use of a taxonomy for a digital asset management system that is used by three different agencies in the tourism sector, while Michele talks about the range of activities that are necessary to keep a taxonomy going. This includes choosing software, managing data quality, reviewing existing models and educating colleagues.


, Digital Content Management Executive, Tourism Northern Ireland, UK

, Taxonomist, Moody's, USA


Now it's a tree, now it's a web: the strange duality of SKOS taxonomies

04:00 PM2023-10-112023-10-11

Wednesday 11 October: 16.00 - 16.45

Ian’s talk introduces ways in which the SKOS standard can be used to make taxonomies into graphs or networks. He steps through different strategies to add attributes to an existing taxonomy structure, and some use cases for what this extra richness can enable for information management.


, Director, Tellura, UK

Bite-sized Taxonomy Boot Camp, Wednesday 22 March 2023


I don't know what you mean!

02:00 PM2023-03-222023-03-22

Wednesday 22 March: 14.00 - 14.45

I don't know what you mean!
Introducing taxonomies and ontologies to people who have never worked with semantics

In this accessible and highly useful talk, Fran talks through tips and strategies for talking about semantics to stakeholders such as senior managers, developers or UX specialists, with different levels of understanding and different needs, so that they buy into and support initiatives around taxonomies, ontologies and knowledge graphs.


, Founder, Synaptica LLC, USA


, Taxonomist & Information Architect, Canada


Taxonomies in action

03:00 PM2023-03-222023-03-22

Wednesday 22 March: 15.00 - 15.45

Are we even allowed to say that?
Normalising Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility metadata to meet tomorrow’s governance needs

Moving towards interorganisational taxonomy governance: 
The start of a climate change taxonomy

This session showcases the wider social impacts of taxonomy work. Through use cases and best practices, Erica discusses how taxonomy and metadata can and should better reflect the needs of diverse audiences. Thomas’s talk is a case study of the United Nations Climate Change taxonomy, which aims to join up climate change information both inside UNCC and with external bodies.


, Taxonomy, Metadata & Search Consultant, UK


, Associate, Insights & Analytics, Salt Flats, USA

, Knowledge Management Officer, United Nations Climate Change, Germany


Putting taxonomy and UX best practice into action

04:00 PM2023-03-222023-03-22

Wednesday 22 March: 16.00 - 16.45

Putting taxonomy and UX best practice into action
A complete overhaul of the design team's own knowledge space

Tom takes us through how the Cancer Research Design Team overhauled their own SharePoint site, to make it usable, easy to find things in and easier on the eye, with a process involving user research, a vision statement, content audit, taxonomy creation, document title naming conventions, training colleagues on how to manage tagging, and refactoring the homepage.



, Data Architect, BBC, UK


, Taxonomy Manager, Cancer Research UK

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