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Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies

Location: Online
$300.00 (Simmons SLIS Alumni Price $250.00)
March 1 - April 5, 2015 - PDPs: 20 Session Full

Please note: This is a five-week workshop.

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Taxonomies are becoming popular for organizing information in business knowledge management, enterprise content management systems, and intranets. Are these taxonomies different from literature retrieval thesauri? How does one go about creating a taxonomy? This online workshop will provide recommended best practices for how to create terms, relationships, and variants for different kinds of taxonomies or controlled vocabularies, and will also introduce different software tools for doing so. Whether you need to create a taxonomy to organize information on a web site, classify information in a content management system, establish a controlled vocabulary for a periodical or database indexing project, or simply understand how to use them better, this workshop will get you on your way.

Students are expected to try out at least one demo version of thesaurus management software. Software is available for Windows, Mac (OS X 10.5 or later), and over the Web (any platform).

Heather Hedden: is a senior vocabulary editor at Cengage Learning, formerly a taxonomy consultant, and author of the book "The Accidental Taxonomist" (2010).

Please note: While we try to be as accurate as we can be with our workshop descriptions, please contact SLIS CE or the workshop instructor to ensure that the class meets your expectations for content, format, rigor, etc.

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