DHUGE 2019 Agenda (Draft)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.       Registration, breakfast, and coffee

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.       Welcome and Introductions

                                    Levi Birka, AAAS and Heather Kotula, Access Innovations, Inc.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.      Leveraging Taxonomy and Improving Internal Search

Travis Hicks, Associate Director of Digital Content Strategy, American Society of Clinical Oncology 

How users interact with internal search engines has changed exponentially over the last decade. Along with the change in approach also has come shifting expectations, with “good” results no longer sufficient. In this new world, what steps should you consider to your internal platform’s search to better align its performance with that of external search engines like Google?

This presentation will discuss the steps ASCO took to develop a short- and long-term strategy for improving internal search on its flagship site, ASCO.org. Among the initial approaches taken, Travis will discuss the analysis of existing search behavior and potential content gaps, as well as efforts to bolster and enhance existing thesauri, use of taxonomies in relevance, search models, proximity parsing and more.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.      Break

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.       Using Taxonomy Term Weightings to Fine Tune Search Rankings

Lauren Sapira, McGraw-Hill Education and Oliver Rickard, HighWire Press

Lauren from McGraw-Hill and Olly from HighWire tell the story of how taxonomy term weightings were used to fine tune search rankings in the large AccessEngineering corpus. Find out how search results were successfully optimized using 3 different taxonomies (subjects, courses & industries) featuring polyhierarchy and weighting inheritance.

11:45 – 12:15 p.m.       CEDB and ASCE Library: The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Joann Fogleson, ASCE

The ASCE Library breathed new life into their taxonomy. The ASCE library had been stored in a DOS based system using ad hoc indexing and it needed to be reengineered to current technology standards, creating a taxonomy for controlled indexing, mapping meta data fields, and revamping data feeds and exports. Now that this phase is complete, the future possibilities are virtually unlimited!

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.         Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.          Enabling New Methods of Discovery at JSTOR

Alex Humphreys, JSTOR Labs

Just as new forms of high-quality scientific data lead to new scientific discoveries, new forms of high-quality metadata lead to new methods of scholarly research.  JSTOR Labs builds experimental tools for research and teaching on top of the JSTOR digital library of academic journals and books.  In doing so, they leverage the scale of JSTOR’s corpus, JSTOR’s strong and consistent metadata, and natural language processing and other machine learning methods to extend this metadata in new directions.  In this talk, I’ll showcase some of the award-winning research tools JSTOR Labs has built and describe the metadata foundation that enables these new forms of academic research.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.         Integrating and Launching Taxonomies: Lessons Learned

Chris Rudyj, Health Affairs and Tony Alves, Aries Systems


2:45 – 3:15 p.m.       Break

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.       Creating a Triple Store Service

Gerry Grenier, IEEE

Abstract coming soon

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.       Case Study



4:15 – 4:30 p.m.       Wrap Up