Monday, February 10, 2014

(Last Updated February 4, 2014)

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9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Taxaurus Overview – A Lighthearted Introduction to Taxonomy and Thesaurus Concepts
Alice Redmond-Neal, Access Innovations, Inc.

To open the first day of training, Alice will present a lighthearted review of taxonomy concepts. This introduction will lay the groundwork for later sessions, establish basic terminology, and ensure we all understand our shared controlled vocabulary describing taxonomies and thesauri.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM MORNING BREAK
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM The Nuts and Bolts of Thesaurus Development and Maintenance
Jack Bruce, Access Innovations, Inc.

Jack will explain how to develop a taxonomy from scratch and how to modify an existing vocabulary. Join us as we demonstrate how to structure a controlled vocabulary based on a hierarchical sorting of terms while detailing the differences between each taxonomic classification. The session will cover top-down and bottom-up approaches to thesaurus construction. Additionally, we will cover best practices in thesaurus management in order to ensure fully functional and descriptive vocabularies.

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCH
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Leveraging Your Semantic Enrichment Investment
Jay Ven Eman, Access Innovations, Inc.

What can you do with your taxonomy now that you have one? In this session we will solicit your plans, ideas, and the hopes you have for your taxonomies. We will not be evaluating or passing judgment on these ideas, but looking for ideas to share to better leverage your investment. How far can you push semantic enrichment? How many ways can they be used? Where can they be used? What processes and tools are needed? Our goal in this session is to gain a better understanding of your options for extending the value of your investment beyond your initial goal of building a world-class thesaurus.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Sources and Standards
Eric Ziecker, Access Innovations, Inc.

How do you keep up with changes in your field when much of your time is already consumed by daily tasks? How can you save time online by implementing active and passive search strategies? Get some practice and hands on experience with select resources for keeping up with controlled vocabularies, classification, indexing, ontologies, thesauri and taxonomies.

Eric Ziecker joined Access Innovations in 2013 as an information technology intern while obtaining his master’s degree in library science through the ALA-accredited MLIS at the University of Denver (DU). He now provides his on-call editorial expertise for special projects after completing past taxonomy and thesaurus construction projects for scholastic publishers and rule-building for Access Integrity. Very active within the information management arena, Eric’s professional affiliations include AIIP, SCIP, SLA, ACRL, ATLA, and AIIM. Outside of work, Eric takes a particular interest in (but not limited to): competitive intelligence, knowledge management; computational linguistics (machine translation, natural language processing); Python; research; writing; beer brewing, coffee roasting, chess, reading, and bicycling. Eric has served as an ordained, confessional, Evangelical Lutheran Pastor for the past 21 years, having graduated with a BA from Northwestern College and a MDiv from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. As an undergraduate, he served for several years as a reference and academic librarian. Entrepreneurship enabled him to work his way through school. Eric and his wife, Mara Lisa, have been blessed with one daughter, Joselyn. Of working at Access Innovations, Eric says: “It’s exciting to work in an environment where information science, library science, and computer science converge. It is also satisfying to work on projects alongside fabulous people who are committed to providing users accurate and efficient information access and retrieval.”


Join us in the Lobo Room at the Hampton Inn. The Lobo Room is on the first floor, just past the elevators, on the right (south) side of the hall. Visit with the Data Harmony and Access Innovations staff and other Data Harmony software users at this informal reception. Beer and wine, soft drinks, and light hors d’oeuvres will be available. Use this time to find a buddy with whom you can explore some of our wonderful local eateries!