Monday, February 09, 2015

CFP: Taxonomy Boot Camp 2015 (Washington, D.C. - November 2015)

CFP: Taxonomy Boot Camp 2015 (Washington, D.C. - November 2015)


Call for Speakers

Taxonomies are powerful tools used by a wide range of professionals, from marketers to data scientists, for solving diverse problems from navigation to product information management. This year’s Taxonomy Boot Camp is about highlighting taxonomy's many faces and sharing practical solutions in different real-world environments.
  • On the web team? Learn how taxonomies can help improve the user experience and dynamically publish web content.
  • Work in retail? Find out more about managing product information and creating good e-commerce experiences.
  • Fascinated by everything? Wade in and get immersed -- from enterprise taxonomies to ontologies, taxonomy tools, auto-classification, and everything in between.
The Taxonomy Boot Camp program is designed to provide something for everyone, from taxonomy newbies to seasoned experts (and everyone in between). 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 give seasoned practitioners insights into how others have honed their craft and made their organizations more successful through taxonomies. On the second day, hear case studies, practical sessions on taxonomy tools and methods, and cutting-edge developments in the field.
Taxonomy Boot Camp is the only conference dedicated to exploring the successes, challenges, methodologies and products for taxonomies. Share your experiences, knowledge and work with taxonomies, ontologies, folksonomies, tagging mechanisms and other techniques for organizing information at this one-of-a-kind boutique learning and networking event.
Last year’s attendees said: “The conference was great and really added a lot to my knowledge base and gave me great ideas for moving forward.”, “This was a very useful and interesting two days... Very very glad that I attended.”, “The speakers were all interesting, enthusiastic and provided useful insights into the development and maintenance of taxonomies. I made some useful contacts and came home with very helpful resources.”

Conference Chairs 

Stephanie Lemieux, Dovecot Studio 
Mike Crandall, University of Washington

Topics for Taxonomy Boot Camp include but are not limited to:

  • Taxonomy/ontology modeling and development best practices
  • Taxonomy governance & adoption
  • Techniques for maintaining taxonomies (analytics, testing, etc.)
  • Information architecture and user experience (navigation, content publishing, etc.)
  • Metadata modeling and management (role of taxonomy)
  • Auto-categorization and other tagging techniques
  • Taxonomy management/development software selection and use
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders, content and IT teams
  • User research & usability
  • Implementation of taxonomies and metadata in specific content management applications (including DAM, CMS, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Getting buy-in and proving ROI of taxonomy
  • Big data & big taxonomies – dealing with volume
  • Linked data, ontologies, semantic technology
  • Managing multi-lingual vocabularies
We’re also looking for great case studies from the following verticals and applications:
  • Retail/e-commerce
  • Healthcare
  • Small organizations/non-profits
  • Intranets/portals
  • Master data management/BI