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2005 Annual Meeting:
“Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together”

October 28 - November 2, 2005
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Resolving Taxonomy Challenges and Information Architecture Conflicts
Half Day Seminar, Friday, October 28, 2005, 1:30pm-5:30pm (separate fee)
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Where does a taxonomy leave off and traditional data structure begin? Are they different facets of the same thing? What do taxonomy and library science professionals need to know about IA and data architects need to know about taxonomy development and maintenance?

These days the boundaries between structured and unstructured data are becoming less clear (or as some purists like to say “tabular and non tabular data”). Transaction processing applications require collaboration and collaboration systems require access to transactional data.

Organizations today are struggling with unifying their content management tools, enterprise information systems and web applications so that classifications can evolve to the needs of changing markets and business processes yet remain in context to one another. When building a content framework that unifies the user experience (whether a portal architecture, public web site, extranet or intranet), how can multiple information architectures be connected in a structured way, yet allow for changes that do not break linkages or have unwanted effects that cascade through the organization?

In this session, we’ll review the challenges that two organizations faced in their content management initiatives from the perspective of multiple taxonomies and complex meta data architectures. Specific case studies from the IBM Intranet and a large Pharmaceutical organization will be reviewed.

This workshop cuts across cultural challenges, knowledge systems, information architecture, business processes, and technologies to illustrate ways to tackle these issues.

After the session, attendees will leave with:

  • An understanding of the challenges of multiple taxonomies and meta data structures
  • An approach for dealing with the complexity of inter related systems and tools in the context of shared classifications
  • A framework for evaluating solutions to these challenges
  • A specific tangible example of how the problem has been solved at other organizations


Seth Earley, President Earley & Associates
Wendi Pohs, Chief Taxonomist, IBM
Debra Gesimondo
, CTO NetNumia

Members $160, non-members $185, before Sept. 16
Members $185, non-members $210, after Sept. 16
This half day course does not qualify for a $75 discount

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