ASIS&T 2006 Annual Meeting

Hands On Taxonomies - an Introduction to Creation and Maintenance of Controlled Vocabularies
Full Day Seminar, Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, 9:00am-5:00pm (separate fee)

Taxonomies provide the key to precise information retrieval. A well-built taxonomy is part of the foundation of the information architecture underlying websites and corporate intranets, connecting search queries to relevant content in databases. This session covers the rules for thesaurus construction, explores terms and source materials, and explains each part of the thesaurus record. We will work on multiple hands-on exercises demonstrating various aspects of thesaurus construction and then build a mini-taxonomy. Additonal techniques for building a thesaurus (journal article text mining, expert panel, existing thesauri, search logs, etc.). We will also provide insight on how you find and choose the term that will work best - in thesaurus and in rulebase and in "informed search" - for each concept. Finally, how the integration of thesaurus with search is curcial to the implementaion of a good taxonmomy and provision of accurate, consistent high recall high relevance search results. Attention will also be given to the "intelligence" that a search engine can gain from an query expansion tool. 


Alice Redmond-Neal, M.S., Senior Editor, Chief Lexicographer, and Data Harmony Training Manager, Access Innovations, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico
Since 1995 when Alice Redmond-Neal joined Access Innovations, she has been involved in editorial activity for over 30 projects, including development of knowledge domains, abstracting, indexing, mapping and conversion of data to alternate formats; produced over 20 thesauri in subject areas ranging from technical to general interest topics; and acquired responsible for training clients and coworkers in the use of Data Harmony content management software. As a member of the Data Harmony marketing team she has been a Company representative at industry conferences, demonstrator of Data Harmony software for prospective clients and for library school faculty and students, and contributor to marketing and sales planning and activities, including development of presentations for company websites and sales proposals. She has published papers and presented workshop and papers at ASIS&T, SLA, and other venues.

Jay Ven Eman, Ph.D., CEO, Access Innovations, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jay Ven Eman has been with Access Innovations since late 1978. He has been active in all aspects of its business. He has overseen Access' database production services where he was responsible for the design and conversion of large, legacy databases for a variety of government and commercial organizations. He writes, gives workshops, consults, and helps build large-scale, complex, information rich databases. He has presented papers and workshops at ASIS&T, SLA, ASIDIC, InternetWorld, Online - London, AGSI - Netherlands, and many others. Before joining Access, he worked for the University of New Mexico at the Technology Applications Center, operated under a contract from NASA. He specialized in technology transfer and information dissemination of space technology to the commercial arena. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Colorado in Boulder.


Members $245, non-members $275, before Sept. 22
Members $275, non-members $305, after Sept. 22