Taxonomies are not new. In fact, many are old, out of date, and not appropriate for new needs. It’s becoming more common to adapt and revise and existing taxonomy than to create one from scratch. This session will examine various cases and examples of excerpts of poorly designed taxonomies and discuss how they can be improved. Topics will include concept label wording and unambiguity, use of alternative labels, hierarchy depth and detail, use of polyhierarchy, and any other features.
About the speakers
Heather Hedden has been a taxonomist for over 26 years in various organizations and as an independent consultant. She currently works for 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, 2nd ed.