Category Archives: TBC Monday Track 2

OPENING KEYNOTE: In Search of Taxonomical Weirdness

Opening Remarks & Keynote – Monday 14 November 
09:10 – 10:00

Where should we look for new ideas in taxonomies? The natural place is on the frontiers of research and the work of leading practitioners. But new ideas and insights often arise from unexpected places. Exploring the weird can produce deep insights into the normal and help break new ground. Join Karl Fast, information architect and former professor of user experience, on a search for weirdness that could alter the taxonomical future.

Presented by: Karl Fast

Walmart’s Universal Categories

TRACK 2 • Honing the Craft – Monday 14 November 
10:15 – 10:45

When @Labs Taxonomy was asked to create a system of retail categorization that could be used across the enterprise, the issue at hand appeared to be discerning how legacy systems could be blended harmoniously. But before that could happen, an age-old problem needed to be acknowledged: Where do the initiatives of organization and definition converge or diverge, and what’s the best way to handle it when they do?

Presented by: Seán Lightholder

Building and Maintaining a Business-Oriented Knowledge Organization System at WSDOT

TRACK 2 • Honing the Craft – Monday 14 November 
10:45 – 11:15

A well-designed business function classification needs to reflect changing business processes and functions in the organization. Developing a set of guiding principles and business rules to assist those who are tasked to govern the scheme is important to maintain the classification. Learn how the WSDOT developed its business function classification and how it fits within WSDOT’s core metadata framework and enterprise search strategy.

Presented by: Andy Everett, Denise A.D. Bedford

Taxonomy to Improve Collaboration at Merck Product Lifecycle

TRACK 2 • Honing the Craft – Monday 14 November 
11:15 – 11:45

Merck manufactures, packages, and distributes products to more than 140 markets via a global, integrated manufacturing network. Hear how taxonomy was implemented as a key enabler in improving product knowledge sharing. Explore successes and challenges related to taxonomy adoption, governance, user experience, metrics, and automated classification, with specific recommendations provided on how to approach each activity. The future road map, based on an aspiration to establish an enterprise manufacturing taxonomy, includes goals for semantic search.

Presented by: Adam Duckworth, Yunnie Jenkins

Cognitive Meets Taxonomy

TRACK 2 • Honing the Craft – Monday 14 November 
11:45 – 12:00

Taxonomy is essential in organizing information and delivering knowledge. But applying it at scale would be a challenge without automation. Cognitive technology fills this gap by providing the connective tissue that aligns content, metadata, and taxonomy. But the impact of cognitive goes well beyond automation. It transforms a traditionally manual process that is fraught with collaboration difficulties into an efficient, organic workflow that lets taxonomists coordinate their work with subject matter experts and curators to save time and avoid errors. It also supports them throughout the taxonomy lifecycle by constantly learning from content and human feedback to adapt to change and simplify taxonomy creation and maintenance. This session showcases the latest developments in these areas and provides a comprehensive view of the workflow benefits deriving from cognitive.

Presented by: Daniel Mayer

Effective Taxonomies after Migrations & Redesigns

TRACK 2 • Honing the Craft – Monday 14 November 
13:00 – 13:30

Taxonomies are an essential component of most digital migrations and redesigns, but the end result often does not meet expectations. Learn how migrations can be orchestrated to more effectively leverage taxonomy. Hobbs draws upon experience from planning transformations of large government and global sites to information-heavy, medium-sized websites such as research institutions. Hobbs covers examples of using metrics to realign a central taxonomy and techniques to automatically apply a revised taxonomy to existing content, as well as methods of tracking manual progress where automation is not possible.

Presented by: David Hobbs

Migrating a Website to Ecommerce & Taxo in Drupal

TRACK 2 • Honing the Craft – Monday 14 November 
13:30 – 14:00

Short shares the experience the Tennessee State Library & Archives had during the past year migrating its HTML platform web content to the Drupal CMS platform. She discusses some of the challenges and lessons learned, including creating taxonomy structures for a site within a site, transforming library and archives content to an e-commerce platform in Drupal, working collaboratively with multiple departments in the state, as well as users and stakeholders to implement a taxonomy, testing, analytics and more.

Presented by: Jessica Short