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Taxonomies: Bridging the Gap

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Taxonomy Boot Camp 2012, DC, Oct 16/17

Does your organization get the full value from the information you create? Do you know how to manage that information effectively to better incorporate it into your planning and analysis? The 8th annual Taxonomy Boot Camp being held in Washington DC on October 16th and 17th will help attendees find out how to leverage the data and content created by their organizations and customers through better organization and integration. Experienced taxonomists and speakers share how to bridge the gap between chaotic collections of random content and a well-structured, informative information system. Two parallel tracks on the first day provide those new to the field with the nuts and bolts they need to get up-to-speed, and expert practitioners with insights into how other professionals have made their organizations more successful through better use of taxonomies. On the second day of the Boot Camp, everyone shares in case studies, practical sessions on taxonomy tools and their use, and cutting-edge developments in the field. Check out the website, register, and join us in DC to sharpen your skills, meet new colleagues, explore new technologies and techniques, and be the one who is prepared to bridge the gap between scattered information and purposefully designed taxonomies so you’re the hero in your own organization.

Taxonomy Boot Camp Nov 15-16, 2010 in Wash DC

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Information Today has redesigned its Taxonomy Boot Camp site, and networked with LinkedIn. This boutique conference holds its own in this economy as it brings together those working on taxonomies, metadata, repositories and any way to harness and organize information. They come from libraries, corporate environments, government departments and professional services to gather in Washington, DC this year November 15-16 —- cleverly co-located with KMWorld, Enterprise Search Summit and SharePoint Symposium.

TaxoDiary: New indexing & taxonomy blog

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Access Innovations, Inc. has launched “TaxoDiary” Blog covering new, articles and posts about indexing, ontologies, taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, metatagging and related subjects. Marjorie M.K. Hlava, president and chair of Access Innovations, Inc. will be speaking at Taxonomy Boot Camp in Washington, DC on Mon Nov 15th, 2010. Congrats to Marjie & Jay Ven Emen on this new source!

Preditions — CM

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Interesting to see that CMS Watch is using different modes to convey their 12 predictions about the content management landscape — an article and a YouTube production — which notes significant changes for 2009 according to their research:

“Obviously the economic slump will continue to influence buyers and vendors,” observed CMS Watch founder Tony Byrne, “but other technology developments — including the rise of mobile analytics and a new version of MS SharePoint — will also significantly affect enterprise calculations.” 1. Open source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) players get an initial boost 2. Office14 casts long shadow on SharePoint 3. “Taxonomies are dead. Long live meta data!” 4. Regulatory-compliance concerns reignited 5. Renewed interest in pro-active e-discovery 6. SaaS [software as a service] vendors expand offerings 7. Oracle falls behind in battle for knowledge workers 8. New emphasis on application search 9. Social computing diffuses into the Enterprise 10. Mobile and multimedia web analytics become key requirements, disrupters 11. Long-awaited consolidation comes to the WCM space 12. Buyers remain in driver’s seat CMS Watch principal Theresa Regli added, “The last two predictions are somewhat related — we’re counseling buyers to negotiate aggressively, and some vendors will endure eroding cash flows better than others.”

Tom’s Taxonomy Technology Tips

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Tom Reamy is, to many of us, one of the authorities on taxonomies. He’s talking right now about the varieties of taxonomy/text analystics software available now, and how to choose which is best for your application & organization. All the vendors are adding more text analytics. So…step number one is: how are you going to use the technology? Text mining? business inteligence? cusomter intelligence? tfor facted navigation? keyword indexing? to browse the front end of the portal?

Evaluating Taxonomy Software:

new, copy, rename, delee, merge scop notes spell check search names & identifiers versioning ease of use user documentation visualiztion — how does it show things? automatic taxonomy/node generation — Tom says it’s nonsense but can be used at different stages, especially to get suggestions within a node or for entity extraction entity extraction auto-catgorization (training sets, terms, rules, advanced – saved search queries) “near” sentence” “paragraph” boolean search that allows you to search for x near y, and “not” advanced features — sentiment analysis (for customer service to see what people are saying about them); facts, ontologies, semantic web, etc…..

Phew! If you want taxonomy management only, you are probably in a small company with a specialized taxonomy – and the good news is that this type of software is quite affordable. But do check the upgrade path for this type of tool, just in case you need to grow the application.Advanced application platforms, sich as Attensity’s or Inxight’s, are for those appls that need to integrate search and

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Taxonomies: not dead, not dying, but definitely maturing

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A few months agoTheresa Regli of CMS Watch wrote a blogpost on whether taxonomies are dead or dying, or just hitting their stride. I thought this was a great question to address at the beginning of the Taxonomy BootCamp, and Theresa very kindly agreed to speak to the topic at 8:00 a.m. — & the audience was full. Wow. The upshot is that Theresa feels taxonomies aren’t dying, but they are definitely being augmented by technologies, and, in some cases, aren’t necessary. As Theresa said, we need to have the confidence to admit when taxonomies aren’t required. And that is part of a process’ and a function’s maturation.

Theresa’s wit and fantastic speaking ability took this topic to new levels. She built on Seth Earley’s comment that taxonomies have a few mullets to deal with – or, preferably get rid of (mullets should definitely be eliminated!) Bob Boiko told Theresa that enterprise taxonomies are mullets that need to go; taxonomies with too great a scope are too difficult to manage & not useful —- taxonomies need to be targetted and focused. Seth says the mullets are site maps, really deep hierarchies & huge manual tagging projects. Theresa’s mullet is the notion that one classification fits all.

So what’s the new lifeblood of taxonomies?

Application integration breaking huge corpuses of content into manageable pieces linguisitcs, context, purpose metadata for dynamic navigation & filtered searches taxonomists who say “technology is our friend”

Stay tuned — lots more to come…..

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