Although I did not attend Taxonomy Bootcamp in Washington, DC last week, I learned a lot about it on Twitter by searching the hashtag #taxoBC.
One of the most useful related posts is by Heather Hedden, the undisputed expert on taxonomy. In her post Taxonomies for Multiple Kinds of Users, Heather talks about the underlying theme of the conference this year – that taxonomies serve diverse audiences whether in enterprise use, on public websites, for e-commerce or for indexing and retrieval.
“Not only may the same taxonomy be targeted at different users at once, but also different users over time.”
Joseph Busch at Taxonomy Strategies presented a workshop on Metadata Interoperability and Findability. While there is a ton of information packed into this 60 slide presentation, I was most delighted to see extensive discussion of Dublin Core as well as some indexing rules or how to actually use a taxonomy to tag content. Naturally, there was some attention paid to who within an organization should tag assets and autotagging.
Theresa Putkey presented on the Guiding Others Through the Maze: Working With Stakeholders to Build a Taxonomy. Theresa has a talent for taking complex concepts and distilling the information into useful and digestible information. Here she covers the hows, whys, who (users) of a basic taxonomy from building a taxonomy to updates.
Lots of other great stuff happened at Taxonomy Bootcamp including talks from Samantha Starmer of REI, Gary Carlson of Gary Carlson Consulting and Seth Earley of Earley & Associates.