Taxonomies have evolved from classification systems to adaptable interactive tools to link users to desired content on websites, intranets, and web applications. Taxonomies are not the same as a website’s navigation and can do a lot more. Taxonomies can provide guiding categories of topics, suggested search terms, aspects for faceted search, or topics for sorting and filtering results. To be truly helpful, however, taxonomies need to be well designed to suit the users and use cases, be customized to the content, and conform to taxonomy best practices and standards so that they are easy and intuitive to use.
This workshop teaches taxonomy creation principles and addresses the issues of designing a taxonomy to serve users. It presents best practices in designing taxonomies, including the principles of wording of terms, incorporating synonyms, creating relationships between terms, and designing hierarchies and facets. Other topics include taxonomy project planning, sources for terms, and taxonomy testing. The workshop will also include practical exercises and access to taxonomy management software.
About the speakers
Heather Hedden has been a taxonomist for over 25 years in various organizations and as an independent consultant. She currently works for the professional services team of Semantic Web Company (vendor of PoolParty Semantic Suite software) and previously worked as a taxonomist at Cengage Learning, Viziant, First Wind, and Project Performance Corp. Heather has designed and developed, taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies, and metadata schema for internal and externally published content, including websites, intranets, and content management systems. She has given workshops on taxonomy creation at numerous conferences and as corporate training. Through Hedden Information Management she also teaches an online course in taxonomy creation. Heather is author of The Accidental Taxonomist.