Taxonomy Educational Opportunities

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While you’re registering for the conference, you can also sign up for one of the Taxonomy Division’s exciting CE workshops. Whether you’re new to the field of taxonomy, or want to take your knowledge to the next level, you will find a course for you. Choose from one of the following two all-day courses offered Saturday, June 7, from 8 am to 5 pm. Note: prices listed are in US dollars and include course materials, a box lunch, and beverages at breaks. Book now, because The Vancouver Convention Centre has very strict catering policies: no on-site meals can be added!

Taxonomy Integration: Content Management, Navigation and Search

Course Level: Advanced
Cost: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Speakers: Michael Kilgore, InfoClear Consulting; Wendi Pohs, InfoClear Consulting
Summary: Taxonomies are here to stay, so it’s time for taxonomists to move past the basics and gain a deeper understanding of the role that taxonomies play in organizations, especially in productivity applications like content management, web site navigation, and search. This all-day course begins with the basics of taxonomy integration, and moves on to analyze specific case studies that show how you can enrich and improve your web site, enhance your metadata, and boost your search engine’s relevance. You’ll come away with an understanding about how you can be a successful member of a software development team and have a set of Best Practices that you can apply immediately.

About the Speakers:
Michael Kilgore has over 20 year experience as a consultant, senior executive, and technology architect in wireless communications, security information management, full text search, taxonomy tool development, and integrated information solutions. One of the original developers of the technology behind the NewsEdge realtime news delivery system, he specializes in building high-performance development teams to create workable search and retrieval systems. Before joining InfoClear full time, Mike was VP of Engineering at Schemalogic, a major business semantics tool vendor.

Wendi Pohs has designed and developed taxonomy and search applications for large organizations for over 20 years. She served on development teams for Lotus Development Corporation’s Notes/Domino and Discovery Server products, and managed Search and Taxonomy Integration for IBM’s Corporate Intranet, w3. Author of a book on knowledge management practices, she specializes in advanced semantic applications, built with an experienced practitioner’s point of view. An accomplished speaker at industry events, Wendi provides search and taxonomy consulting services to many large corporate clients.


Introduction to Taxonomies

Course Level: Fundamental
Cost: $299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Speakers: Margie Hlava, Access Innovations; Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations
(Note: The speakers are Ms. Hlava and Mr. Kasenchak, which is a change from previously published materials.)
Summary: Experience a fast moving and powerful introduction to both the theoretical and practical aspects of building taxonomies. A well-built taxonomy is part of the foundation of the information architecture underlying web sites, corporate Intranets, search, and access to content in databases. This course introduces participants to the basic methodologies and techniques for taxonomy development, as well as providing an overview of taxonomy standards and their application in search, web sites, publishing, retail and e-commerce, records management and other organizational needs.
After defining controlled vocabularies and identifying the core standards, participants will explore key concepts of taxonomies, thesauri, indexing, classification and filtering. Discussion will include the basics of a taxonomy records and fundamental term relationships. Attendees will put concepts into practice through multiple exercises, including creating a simple taxonomy. Related software tools will also be discussed.

About the Speakers:
Marjorie (Margie) Hlava has worked behind the scenes for most of the major information organizations. She worked for five years at NASA and was also the Information Director for the DOE National Energy Information Center and its affiliate NEICA. She became Information Director before taking her team private as Access Innovations, Inc. in 1978. She developed Access Innovations software suite (Data Harmony) specifically to increase accuracy and consistency while streamlining the clerical aspects in editorial and indexing tasks. Margie served as NFAIS president from 2003 to 2004, and has served on the board of SLA twice, was president of the ASIS&T, president of Documentation Abstracts, president of ASIDIC, and Treasurer of IIA at the time of its merger with SPA to become SIIA, as well as having served in many board, committee, and editorial positions within each of those organizations. She currently serves on several boards, including those for the ASIS&T Bulletin (Chair), Information Systems and Use, Places and Spaces, University of North Carolina SLIS, and the SLA Taxonomy Division (founding Chair). Margie’s work has been acknowledged through numerous awards throughout her career, including ASIS&T’s Watson Davis award, the SLA President’s Award, recognition as an SLA Fellow, and as an Albuquerque Business First Woman of Influence for Technology. In February 2014 she was awarded the Miles Conrad lectureship for NFAIS.

Bob Kasenchak provides oversight and support of editorial projects at the company. His job responsibilities include a wide range of client specifications, thesaurus creation, rule building, and customer interaction. Bob has led taxonomy development and other projects for JSTOR, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, the American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE), Engineering Research Education (ERE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Thesaurus (MSHT). Bob attended St. John’s College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, completing his master’s in theoretical studies and doctoral work in music theory. He lists his interests as tea, music, pipes, design, philosophy, and literature. He is married with one cat.


After an educational Saturday, network with your fellow taxonomists at the no-host dinner that evening starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no additional cost other than your dinner. More information will be available soon.


Still not sure? Read about Taxonomy Division’s other educational and networking opportunities at SLA Vancouver on our Taxonomy wiki. View SLA’s Conference Preview brochure or the SLA’s Online Planner to see what additional programs, meetings, networking events, tours, and Expo offerings are available for you.

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