Taxonomy-Ontology Conversions: Case Studies

When:  Jun 18, 2019 from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM (ET)
Associated with  Taxonomy - Open Community

Want to use Linked Data, ensure interoperability, and/or support search and discovery with the capabilities of an ontology?  Find out more about ontologies and learn from practitioners who have done taxonomy-ontology conversions.

Edee L. Edwards Ontology Architect with the National Fire Protection Association, has had Taxonom* in her job title for almost 12 years. She still answers to and thinks the semantics of librarian works ok, too, to describe the joy in helping people discover information they need.  She has worked mostly in sci-tech libraries and spent at least a 1/3 of her career in IT departments. She received her Master of Science in Library Service at Columbia University, and has a graduate certificate in Strategic Internet Management from Northeastern University.  She is the SLA Taxonomy Division Past Chair for 2019.

David Bender is the Manager of Medical Ontology for the Radiological Society of North America.  In this position he works with the creation and application of controlled vocabularies for such diverse projects as semantic enrichment, data warehousing, and structured reporting. David has been the library director for the William D. Block Memorial Law Library, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, State of Illinois and for the Skokie branch campus of Sanford-Brown College.   He has done indexing/taxonomy work for The Philosopher’s Index, Commerce Clearing House, Inc., the American Bar Association, and Lexis-Nexis.

Mary Chitty is Library Director & Taxonomist at Cambridge Healthtech in Needham MA and the editor of Biopharmaceutical Glossaries & Taxonomies. She wrote the chapter on Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics for Using the Pharmaceutical Literature, Taylor & Francis, 2006, and the book Federal Information Sources in Health and Medicine, Greenwood Press, 1988.  She is Past-Chair of the SLA Pharmaceutical & Health Technologies Division and was on the initial executive board of SLA’s Taxonomy Division. She has an MSLS from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a BA in Anthropology from Yale.

Moderator: Heather Kotula, Access Innovations, Inc.

Level: Intermediate

Unit Sponsors: Taxonomy, Pharmaceutical & Health Technology, Information Technology


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