American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Access Innovations to Co-Host Four-Part Webinar on Taxonomy Uses

Sessions to Focus on Evolution in Web and Search Technologies and Their Link to Taxonomies, Intelligent Indexing


Albuquerque, NM (January 27, 2011) – The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), a leading network and professional development society for information professionals since 1937, and Access Innovations, a leader in the data management industry, are co-hosting a four-part webinar on taxonomy uses. The four-part webinar will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on four successive Thursdays: January 27th, February 3rd, February 10th, and February 17th of 2011. Cost for each webinar is free for ASIS&T members and $49 for others. Anyone signing up for all four webinars will receive a 20 percent discount. To register, please visit the ASIS&T Webinars web page.

“The traditional use of taxonomy is still valid and tremendously significant, enabling precise and complete search returns. However, with the evolution of web and search technologies, there are new approaches that help users discover additional resources, make effective collaborations, and better use the mountains of information available to them. We’ll explore how organizations in publishing, the public sector, and private industries can get the most from their taxonomies in these sessions,” said Marjorie M.K. Hlava, president of Access Innovations and one of the presenters.

During the first webinar, “Leveraging the Taxonomy,” Hlava will introduce the myriad uses for different parts of a taxonomy with actual website examples, and discuss how to turn a traditional thesaurus (taxonomy) into a semantic web resource. Hlava will also talk about the power of content links; connecting people, places and ideas; implementing up-to-the-minute alerts for specialized interests; and tips for designing a thesaurus to inform rich sites.

Additional webinar topics will include “Taxonomies in Search,” scheduled on February 3rd and presented by Hlava; “Setting up the Store: Taxonomies in E-Commerce,” scheduled February 10th and presented by Jay Ven Eman, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Access Innovations; and “People Directories and Author Networks Based on Taxonomies,” scheduled February 17th and presented by Bert Carelli, former vice president of business development for Access Innovations.

“Taxonomies in Search” will explore why recall, precision and relevance factors that figure so heavily in search are often missing from taxonomies, as well as how searches can potentially be improved by applying subject metadata. Participants will also learn how taxonomies can be used on the front-end, or attached to records at the time they are created and loaded.

“Setting Up the Store: Taxonomies in E-Commerce” will use a case-study approach to guide participants on how to set up an e-commerce platform that effectively utilizes taxonomies for web delivery, web search and even store layout.

“People Directories and Author Networks Based on Taxonomies” will look at the need for connection through a maze of Internet options for people in the online and publishing industries. It will include a focus on combining directory creation with author disambiguation and subject metadata tagging to increase the usefulness of information for researchers and community-building.

Hlava has been involved with more than 200 taxonomies over the past 38 years. She is a pioneer in the data management industry and co-founded Access Innovations in 1978. Hlava is a previous member of the board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and a former president of ASIDIC, (now NFAIS, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services), and the Board of Documentation Abstracts. She has held numerous other positions in professional information societies, is co-author of the ASIS&T Thesaurus and was a member of the standards development team for ANSI/NISO Z39.19 (controlled vocabulary) and ANSI/NISO Z39.84 (Dublin Core). She serves on the Content Board for NISO and is an active member of the Networked Knowledge Organization System (NKOS).

Ven Eman joined Access Innovations in December 1978. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of New Mexico, and a doctorate in business from the University of Colorado. Ven Eman is past president of ASIDIC and has given workshops, presentations and seminars on ontologies, topic maps, database development, legacy file conversions, SMGL, HTML, XML and related copies.

Carelli is a veteran of the online information industry, having previously led content acquisition teams for Dow Jones/Factiva and Dialog. As head of business development and publisher partnerships for several Silicon Valley startups, he helped launch new text mining and search products for enterprises and consumers. Carelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.

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