San Diego Room
Creating a taxonomy is not difficult, but creating a good taxonomy that is ideally suited for its use can be more challenging, and requires training and/or experience. Even those experienced in creating taxonomies often face challenges with new taxonomy projects. (That’s what makes taxonomy creation always interesting.) Rather than a repeat of last year’s taxonomy workshop, this workshop includes some review of the fundamentals, but quickly moves on to a deeper discussion of specific taxonomy design issues. This intermediate-advanced workshop proposes best practices and guidance for making decisions, including determining:
• How best to engage stakeholders
• What kind of taxonomy structure to create
• Whether to create one or more separate taxonomies for different users
• Whether a given hierarchy should stand alone as its own taxonomy or be a top term within a larger taxonomy
• Whether named entities should be narrower concepts to their category type or in a separate list
• Whether and when it’s OK to not strictly follow hierarchical relationships standards
• If customized semantic relationships (features of an ontology) should be included and how
Criteria to consider when reviewing an existing taxonomy for revision will also be presented. Finally, we will also look at examples of taxonomies and discuss how they can be improved.
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.