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Join Us – Choosing the Right Tool: Tips for Navigating the Taxonomy Software Market

Speaker : STEPHANIE LEMIEUX

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

Taxonomy Division Members (Free) :  Register Here >>

Non-Members ($30.00) : Register Here >>

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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Non-Member Registration ($30.00) >>

 

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

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Speaker: STEPHANIE LEMIEUX

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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Register for SLA Annual Conference

Baltimore? Be there!

Join your taxonomy colleagues at SLA’s Annual Conference in Baltimore, June 9-13th 2018.

Register now for the full conference, just a day, or a Buyer’s pass to the Info-Expo.

Don’t forget to add our CE course: Taxonomy 101 ($225 for members, $415 for non-members) on Sunday, and Taxonomy Division ticketed events (some free, some “no host”, some with a minor charge) such as for our No Host Dinner, Open House, Board and Business meetings.

Already registered? Hooray, but take a minute now if you need to add ticketed events.

See you in B’more!

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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!

Register Now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5811238189805878020

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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Tonya McCarley on “Advanced Search” at SLA Annual

Join the Taxonomy Division for an exciting program on Advanced Search, presented by Tonya McCarley, Lead User Experience Designer at ProQuest. The session, “EMERGING IDEAS: ‘Advanced Search’ is an Oxymoron,” is scheduled for Sunday, June 12, from 3:30-5:00, in Room 201-A.

Prior to joining ProQuest, Tonya  worked as a User Experience Lead for JSTOR.  In her ten-year UX career, she has also worked in automotive, finance, higher education, and consumer product goods. Collaboration is a key function of her role, working closely with end-users and subject matter experts to understand their needs and with the technology teams implementing the best solutions.

Tonya is also currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Information. She teaches the “Introduction to Interaction Design” course to graduate students, focusing on understanding the problems users experience. Just as she does with her students, Tonya pushes herself to understand the problems and pain points that users experience before rushing to solutions. 

In the Advanced Search session, Tonya will lead the audience in an engaging discussion about the types of searchers that ProQuest’s UX team has studied in their research, looking at how people at different levels start a search, and what they do when they get their results.  She’ll also discuss research methods and trends in advanced searching (or rather, the trend away from  “advanced” search interfaces). Join us for what promises to be a lively session with takeaways for a diverse audience.

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RSVP Now for the Taxonomy No-Host Dinner in Philly!

Attending SLA in Philadelphia this year? Curious about taxonomy? Join us Saturday, June 11th at Rangoon Restaurant to meet with like-minded Taxonomy folks for a lively discussion about whether it is appropriate to have a polyhierarchical menu with a salad living under appetizers, salads, and entrees all at the same time!

We have an exciting event planned for you to connect with other Taxonomists: our annual Taxonomy no-host dinner! As you know, this event has been created for you to come together, kick-back, and enjoy each other’s company. You do not need to be a member of the division to participate.

Location: Rangoon Burmese Restaurant, 112 N. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA  19107
Phone: (215) 829-8939
Date: Saturday, June 11th
Time: Reservation is at 6.30pm. Please try to arrive on time to coordinate seating.
Directions: Google Map Link – Click “Directions” and add the address where you are staying

Getting There:

  • Taxi: Please ask the hotel staff or concierge to call or hail a taxi for you.
  • Walking: Rangoon is located about 2 blocks from the convention hotel (Pennsylvania Convention Center). Walk should take no more than 5-10 minutes.

Cost: Whatever you select from the menu. Separate checks available.

RSVP now! We want to make sure we can accommodate as many of you as possible.

RSVPnetworking@taxonomy.sla1.org by Wednesday, June 8.

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

Click here to register
(Registration closes 5 PM ET, August 11, 2015)

Date: August 13, 2015
Time: 1:00pm ET

DESCRIPTION

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.

PRESENTER BIO

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.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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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 http://taxonomy.sla1.org/2015ConferenceSlides. 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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