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Implementing a Taxonomy
Full Day, Friday, October 17, 2003, 9:00am-5:00pm (separate fee)

A taxonomy can be an tremendous timesaver as well as inviting insightful, serendipitous journeys through your web site. When properly constructed and effectively and efficiently deployed, it improves searching through precise and relevant results whether by facilitating well-crafted search queries or drill-down style browsing. For a taxonomy to be successfully implemented within a web site portal, there are many steps and items to integrate in order to gain the maximum benefit of a taxonomy. This day takes the builder through those parts and steps.

          Overview: The pieces of the puzzle and how they work
                    Definition of a taxonomy
                    Work flow issues
                    Search software
                    Meta data - what is it and where does it fit?
                    Attaching taxonomy terms to a record, object, image, or page
                    Implementing the search software
                    Visual display
                    What happens behind the search button - adding the synonyms
                    What can be done automatically?
                    Why does the definition need all those parts?
                    Building a production line
                    Building a record
                    Implementing the search software
                    Building the display
                    Applying the terms automatically

This session will be done as a workshop, working through a workbook of examples connected with short lectures in-between each part. At the end of the day, the user should be able to connect all the parts of the web site search to your taxonomy and have a set of selection criteria in hand for the choosing of each of the component parts.


Marjorie M.K. Hlava is President of Access Innovations, Inc., an international database and information management services company she founded in 1978. Margie is responsible for directing overall corporate operations for Access. Marjorie's consultancy expertise includes project design, workflow analysis, project administration, database design, taxonomy and thesaurus development and maintenance, and software development. Margie's chosen area of research is natural language processing. Margie established a MAI system for use internally at Access and has been working to implement larger scale Intranet projects using Internet architecture and XML, HTML, and .gif scaled files. This work led her to research and develop a new Access product - the Data Harmony software modules, a suite of tools consisting of an XML Intranet System (XIS), the Machine Aided Indexer (M.A.I.), and the Thesaurus Master (TM).

Jay Ven Eman, Ph.D.,is CEO of Access Innovations, Inc. He oversees database production services and is responsible for the design and the conversion process of large, legacy databases for the company's clients. Besides helping with the day-to-day business of Access Innovations, Jay writes, conducts workshops, and is one of the company's primary consultants.

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