Bob Kasenchak, Director of Business Development for Access Innovations, Inc., will be presenting at the Building Web Taxonomies program, sponsored by the Federal Library & Information Network (FEDLINK). Bob will discuss smart thesauri, how to build and implement them into an existing workflow, and what they can do for analytics and linked data.
FEDLINK conducts an extensive series of programs, workshops, and hands-on training that covers the policy and management of the information industry, as well as resource sharing, and technology. The Building Web Taxonomies program will take place on Monday, September 21, from 11:00am to 1:30pm at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. Registration is required for this free program. More information can be found at http://www.loc.gov/flicc/meeting_announcements/2015/ma142015.pdf or by calling (202) 707-4813 (TTY (202) 707-4995).
“Information science is quickly trending toward smart thesauri and ontologies,” Bob remarks. “My presentation will be detailed but not overly technical. I’m excited to be giving this talk to the FEDLINK audience and I hope they come with lots of questions.”
Bob is one of three presenters at the event. The other two will be Lee Lipscomb, Assistant Librarian at the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) in Washington, DC, and Keisha Fourniller, also from FJC. Designed to inform at all skill levels, from the new librarian to the experienced taxonomist, this program will review web taxonomy development basics and ways to improve current taxonomies. The program will focus on taxonomy development strategy, structure, and designing a smart thesaurus. Following the panel discussion, participants will join a question and answer session.
Bob’s interest in information science began while working at Schwann Publications in the late 1990s. Publishing a quarterly phone-book-sized classical music catalog featuring carefully controlled synonymic records and standardization of terms suggested the necessity for hierarchical data structures in the service of organizing information about composers and musical works. After a decade studying and teaching music, Bob joined Access Innovations in Albuquerque, New Mexico as a taxonomist in 2012. Most recently his duties have included experimental business development, data analysis, and product development.