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Choosing the Right Tool: Tips for Navigating the Taxonomy Software Market

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Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

About the Webinar:

While taxonomy development and management may seem like a niche area, there is actually a robust choice of tools to choose from if you’re looking for technological support. They range from simple, inexpensive standalone tools to robust suites with lots of bells and whistles like text analytics and search enhancement modules. But how do you know you need a tool, and which one is right for you? Stephanie Lemieux will walk through the main types of software and introduce some of the factors you should consider when making a choice of software vendor to make for a happy taxonomy marriage.

About the Speaker:

Stephanie is President and Principal Consultant of Dovecot Studio. She is a consultant and passionate advocate of taxonomy, search and other marvellous pursuits in content organization. She uses her taxonomy powers to help organizations big and small create better information environments.
Stephanie has been working in the information management industry for nearly a decade. Prior to focusing her energies on Dovecot Studio, she was a senior consultant and taxonomy practice lead with Earley & Associates where she worked with such organizations as Best Buy, AstraZeneca, American Greetings and Motorola.
She speaks, blogs and writes whenever she can to help spread the good taxonomy word. You can find her most recent work in the 1st volume of Information Management Best Practices – “Integrating Taxonomy and Content Management”.

Stephanie has a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from McGill University with a specialization in knowledge management.

About the Taxonomy Division Professional Development Series:
As part of our Professional Development member benefits, the Taxonomy Division hosts webinars on Taxonomy and related topics. These webinars and recordings are Free to all Taxonomy Division Members. Non-members register for individual webinars for a fee ($30). We invite you to include membership in the Taxonomy Division ($20), to attend the webinar for Free and access recordings of all previous webinars.

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Save the Date: Taxonomy Consulting Webinar

Presenter : Heather Hedden

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern


Taxonomy consulting, a specialty area within information management or knowledge management consulting, is a growing area that information professionals may want to consider. Companies, nonprofits, and government agencies have an increasing number of documents and content items that they need better organized in order to manage and find. A taxonomy needs to be customized for an organization’s contents, its users, and its needs. Designing and creating a taxonomy is a type of short-term project most suitable for consultants. Following an introduction to the types and uses of taxonomies, this webinar covers taxonomy consulting clients, project types, scoping and proposals, phases and components, deliverables, and administrative matters, and concludes with a look at taxonomy and related skills.


Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale, a Cengage Learning Company. Previously, she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant and First Wind and as taxonomy consultant with the consultancy PPC and self-employed through Hedden Information Management. As a consultant, Heather designed and developed numerous taxonomies and metadata strategies for both web content and internal content management for diverse client. She is a past officer (Mentoring and Membership Committees) of the Taxonomy Division of SLA, volunteered on a NISO bibliographic working group, and is currently  on the national board of the American Society for Indexing. Heather teaches online workshops in taxonomy creation through Hedden Information Management and is author of The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc., 2010, 2016).


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Webinar: Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

Mark your Calendars!   Registration Details to be announced soon.

Heather Hedden presents –

Synonyms, Alternative Labels, and Non-preferred Terms

February 7, 12:00 to 1:00 pm EST

One of the main ways that a taxonomy, thesaurus, or any controlled vocabulary is valuable is that it brings together various synonyms or different wordings of the same concept together so that users retrieve the desired results despite different ways to describe it. Thus, an important part of creating good taxonomies is developing useful variants for terms. These may be called synonyms, alternative labels, nonpreferred terms, etc. This presentation explains the different types of variants and provides thorough instruction on creating them. Topics covered include: definitions, examples, usage, types, creation and implementation, how many to create, impact of the user interface and search, and variations/customizations.
This is an expanded version of a presentation delivered at Taxonomy Boot Camp London in October.
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, where she edits the subject thesaurus for the indexing/retrieval of Gale research database content and develops and edits discipline taxonomies for educational products. Previously she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant, First Wind, and Project Performance Corporation and also as an independent taxonomy consultant at Hedden Information Management. Heather has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing, and she is the author of The Accidental Taxonomist.

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Webinar: Managing Mature Taxonomies: What We Are Working on Now

Please join the SLA Taxonomy Division for our upcoming webinar –

Managing Mature Taxonomies: What We Are Working on Now

 Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12 PM (Eastern Time)

Cost: Free!

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Summary: Taxonomies have finally come of age, and like mature gardens, they require careful cultivation and pruning. Join Paula McCoy of ProQuest, Heather Hedden of Cengage Learning and Wendi Pohs of InfoClear Consulting as they discuss their current taxonomy maintenance projects, and the tools and processes that help them do their work.

Paula will talk about ProQuest’s efforts to consolidate many of its specialized vocabularies. Heather will share work on a current project involving changing policies and approaches to dealing with orphan terms in the Gale subject thesaurus. Based on her experience at various client sites, Wendi will discuss the trends in governance and tooling that she sees emerging to manage mature taxonomies.

About the Presenters

Paula McCoy is Senior Manager, Content Technology, at ProQuest’s Editorial office in Louisville, Kentucky.  She oversees all editorial operations, including indexing and taxonomy management. She has been Taxonomy Manager for ProQuest since 2003. In that time, the ProQuest Thesaurus has grown from 8,000 terms to over 13,000; indexing has become largely automated; and the company has acquired many specialized vocabularies that are now being fully managed and, in several cases, integrated into the larger PQ Thesaurus. Paula joined SLA and the Taxonomy Division in December 2010. She is currently Chair of the division.

Heather Hedden is a Senior Vocabulary Editor at Cengage Learning, author of The Accidental Taxonomist, continuing education instructor at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science, SLA Taxonomy Division board member, American Society for Indexing board member, and NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project working group member.

Wendi Pohs is Past-Chair of the Taxonomy Division, and CTO at InfoClear Consulting, a consultancy that specializes in semantic technologies, including taxonomy, auto-categorization, search, and graph database.  InfoClear Consulting has been helping large companies build, manage, and integrate semantic data structures for almost 15 years.

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Taxonomy Cafe – Continuing Ed Opportunity at SLA 2016

Check out Taxonomy Cafe a new continuing education program being offered Saturday, June 11, 2016. This workshop precedes the Special Libraries Association’s annual conference scheduled for June 12 – 14, 2016 in Philadelphia.

Workshop Title: Taxonomy Cafe

Saturday, June 11, 2016; 8 AM to 5 PM


  • Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations
  • Janice Keeler, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Gail Hodge, Information International Associates
  • Jabin White, JSTOR
  • Heather Kotula, Access Innovations
  • Heather Hedden, Gale/Cengage Learning
  • Arthur Buchberg, AACR
  • Daniel Mayer, Expert Systems
  • Jim Sweeney, Synaptica
  • Bob Kasenchak, Data Harmony


In order to continue preparing SLA taxonomists for more advanced implementations, we have asked a number of people to share their real-life experiences with us in an interactive presentation and discussion format. In the first section of this course, presenters each will give a 30-minute overview of their work using taxonomies. They will cover how and why their organizations decided to implement a taxonomy, their approaches to implementation, lessons learned, and the current status. After lunch, the presenters will be available for small group discussions and Q&A with participants who will move around to the speaker tables to interact directly with them. Then three technology and standards groups will present short overviews of their products. Presenters will be available for participants to speak directly with them for a more in-depth understanding of the concepts and options available from each.


$299 (SLA Members); $199 (Student/Retired SLA Members); $399 (Non-SLA Members)
Prices are in US dollars and include course materials, box lunch and beverages at break.

Book now !  CE courses are open to SLA members and non-members.  Tickets for the CE courses are in the  Additional Options Section of the Registration form. You do not need to register for the full conference to attend a CE course. If you have already registered you may add the CE course.

To read about other taxonomy educational and networking opportunities in Philadelphia, check out SLA’s Online Planner. The conference offers numerous opportunities to meet colleagues, learn new skills, and enjoy the beautiful sights of the city.

Register today!

Not a member of SLA?  Join SLA and register at the same time. Learn more about the association, other upcoming events, and the benefits of membership.

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Register now for the next Taxonomy Division Webinar: Developing Local Business Ontologies for Fun and Profit

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(Registration closes 5 PM ET, August 11, 2015)

Date: August 13, 2015
Time: 1:00pm ET


Interested in learning how to take taxonomies to the next level? Join presenter Michael Bauer as he shows us how to take a small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) taxonomy and extend it into a full ontology that organizes and establishes the relationships among different kinds of businesses, their goods and services, and their relevant locations to one another. He’ll show us how to take it further and extend the ontology to include how consumers search on the web and how they can be targeted on Facebook for advertising purposes. Finally we’ll get an understanding of how this complete ontology fits into the context of current trends of the sharing economy and mobile experience.


Michael Bauer is an ontologist and entrepreneur with expertise in building local business ontologies. But, that’s not all. Michael’s years of experience in the ever changing field of information science and technology have helped him develop a broad range of skills in everything from knowledge management to software programming. He helped put MapQuest on the web and consulted for Joltid, the predecessor of Skype. More recent projects include Enlightenment, a crowd-sourced photo sorting, classifying and tagging system and Alignment, a system for standardizing multiple local business taxonomies.

Please note:

  • All webinars are listed in Eastern Time.
  • The week of the webinar, you will receive information about accessing the Webinar. This information will be sent to all attendees after registration closes.
  • Webinars are free to division members. SLA members may attend for $15, or contact SLA to add the division for $20. Non-members may attend for $50. To avoid delays in processing your registration, please select the correct membership category from the dropdown.

Click here to Register for this exciting webinar

Hurry! Registration closes August 11. Access information will be sent to all registrants on August 12.

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SLA 2015 slides available for download

Want to recap your experiences at SLA 2015? Need to share that great information with your colleagues? Or did you miss the conference and need catch up on the action?

Slides from SLATaxo sessions are available for download at We are adding a few more soon, so please check back next week if your favorite session isn’t up yet.

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SLA 2015 session feedback

Are you planning to attend any Taxonomy Division-sponsored sessions at SLA 2015? Be sure to let us know what you thought by filling out the session evaluation form online. It’s quick and provides critical input that helps us plan events year-round.


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