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June 2012 Newsletter


Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Improving the Search Experience with Taxonomies

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June 13th SF-DAMA meeting (Virtual Only- see below) from 11:00 A.M. to Noon.

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Improving the Search Experience with Taxonomies



Taxonomies are actively used throughout many industries for many purposes. The most common and powerful purpose is to improve the search experience for users, whether they are internal staff, partners, or external consumers – any user actively searching for content.

Actively managed and applied taxonomies improve the search experience in a number of ways. They can be applied to the tagging of content, i.e. the application of metadata to content, providing more accurate classification, which in turn drives better search results. Separately, or in combination with classification, a taxonomy can be used to manage end user browse categories that drive browse based user interfaces.

Managing taxonomies in a large enterprise require not only a taxonomy management platform, but also collaborative business processes across teams and departments. These processes should be driven by the principles of mutually leveraging enterprise taxonomies, and with the end goal of improving the search experience.

Finally, using taxonomies to improve search requires the integration of taxonomic data with different types of systems, primarily Content Management Systems and Search Systems. Existing content management and search systems have vary capabilities for managing and utilizing taxonomies, but these are generally limited in capabilities, target their specific system, and are not designed to be a central taxonomy management platform. The taxonomy management platform should be seamlessly integrated with these systems so that as the taxonomy changes, these changes are immediately reflected in an improved search experience

Speaker Bio:

Bob St. Clair, Solution Consultant, Smartlogic

Bob has 21 years of experience designing metadata models and controlled vocabularies (taxonomies, thesauri, etc.), and leveraging those structures in a wide range of Enterprise Content Management, Search, and Auto-categorization systems. He has lead teams of information scientists and software developers to develop comprehensive information retrieval solutions for many software systems for many customers including platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint, EMC Documentum, FAST, IBM content management, search, and auto-categorization systems, and many others.

Bob’s past experience includes Product Management, Product Development, and Solution Development roles with SchemaLogic, a pioneering Taxonomy management platform company. Prior to that, he spent many years at Corbis, a pioneer in online access to digital photography, where he designed and implemented the systems and information models used to describe photography and make it findable to millions of businesses and consumers worldwide.

Bob holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington.


WebEx Details

 Topic: SFDAMA June 2012 meeting
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Time: 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
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