I hope you all saw the list of SLA conference taxonomy sessions.
2-week prior pre-conference online CE course
"From Taxonomy to Ontology"
Thursday, July 14, 2:00 - 4:30 pm on Zoom, as a webinar
Description: While taxonomies support findability and information retrieval, ontologies support additional information retrieval methods, such as enabling complex queries, the exploration of different relationships, and quick access to associated data, and not just content. The Semantic Web standards, upon which modern information ontologies are built, have brought ontologies more closely aligned to taxonomies and other knowledge organization systems, than the merely computer science use of ontologies of the past. Integrating ontologies with taxonomies has many practical applications, which increasingly more companies and organizations are implementing. This educational session teaches the fundamental principles of ontologies for information science, including their definitions, types, standards, benefits, and uses, including knowledge graphs. It then instructs by ways of examples, how to extend a taxonomy to become an ontology, and then addresses issues in modeling and designing ontology classes, relations, and attributes, including best options and practices. Tools and technologies will also be addressed.
$100 for SLA membersl $150 for nonmembers
(defaults to Saturday tab for the pre-recorded sessions)
Pre-recorded on-demand sessions (not in person)
Apparently available starting July 30:
"There ain't no Sanity Clause": Taxonomy and Data Analysis
Michele A. Lamorte
15-minute lightning talk
Description: Duplicates? Obscure text? Unfamiliar terminology? What does this have to do with taxonomy? Taxonomy and data analysis are important co-conspirators. We will try our darndest to show how data analysis is an important skill to have overall and what data analysis of taxonomies mean. This presentation will be useful for those interested in taxonomy work, taxonomists managing existing taxonomies, and data folks interested to hear about other tracks of work related to data analysis.
Description: Metadata is not just data about data. Metadata matters because it defines us at any given point in time with the best information available to us for your content. As your business needs, user needs, and language change, your metadata needs to adapt to stay relevant. Governance is the best way to plan for future change for your content, and your organization.
"Research Sources and Methodologies for Taxonomy Development"
Marisa Hughes and Heather Hedden
Description: This session explores the information sources and research methodologies available to those who are starting out in taxonomy development. Information sources discussed include publicly available taxonomies and ontologies, authoritative vs nonauthoritative sources , and the role of pre-print, conference, and online first sources. Research methodologies include card sorthing, tree testing, actionable recommendations, content analysis, and the use of metrics in development and maintenance.
In-person also with on-demand recording
"The Role of DEI in Taxonomy Development, Maintenance, Search, and Retrieval"
Sunday, July 31, 3:20 - 4:05 pm
Description: Words are very powerful, and clear, unambiguous, and accurate wording of taxonomy terms needs to incorporate much more than can be derived from an automated analysis of content. Over the past 2 years, we have seen the need for reliable and precise tagging of COVID-19 related research, as well as the need to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and avoid bias in the choice of terms. This session examines the role of DEI and inclusive language guidelines in taxonomy development and maintenance with evolving research, as well as the implications for accurate tagging and information retrieval.
I think maybe not with a recording:
"Panel: Current challenges and advanced taxonomy topics"
Heather Kotula, Heather Hedden, Marisa Hughes
Sunday, July 31, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Description: This panel will cover advanced taxonomy topics, including common and current challenges taxonomists are facing in their jobs along with various business and use case discussions. The panel will also have career discussions around what separates a senior position from a junior position and how to take the next step in your taxonomy career.
Not specifically taxonomy-related, but will include mention of the Taxonmomy Community:
"Communities of Practice: Where Everybody Knows Your Name"
Richard, Huffine, Kendra Algright, Heather Hedden
Tuesday, August 2, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Description: Communities of Practice (CoPs) can be invaluable for connecting people with common goals and interests and facilitate the sharing of knowledge, resources, and more. Sharing best practices and knowledge can result in better ideas, innovation, and improved culture. Join this session to learn more about what a community of practice is, considerations for designing and growing your CoP, and strategies for success in maintaining a CoP.
Data & Knowledge Engineer
Semantic Web Companyheather.email@example.com