Category Archives: TBC16

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

Taxonomies & Facet Analysis for Beginners

TRACK 1 • Getting Started: Taxonomy Nuts & Bolts – Monday 14 November 
10:15 – 12:00

This workshop covers the fundamentals of building taxonomies in a digital environment, and the importance of understanding the different forms taxonomies can take. Learn about the different uses of taxonomies, why they are important, and how they complement navigation and search. See how taxonomy facets support multiple perspectives and pathways into the same body of content. The workshop includes the basics of facet analysis, how to identify which facets are salient, what makes a good facet array, and how to identify from test results how facets should be implemented (i.e., as primary search, as filters, as narrow-function facets).

Presented by: Patrick Lambe

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