Making KO Work: integrating taxonomies into technology


British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street,
London W1G 8YS
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ISKO-UK's first afternoon meeting of 2017

We meet at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS, starting at 14:30 on Tuesday March 14th 2017.

Findability, navigability and interoperability – all can be boosted via taxonomies that are well integrated into technology supporting the functionality that the business and the end users require. A sophisticated taxonomy may provide for faceted structures, synonym control, relationships between terms and/or concepts, links to definitions and other business-oriented attributes. But all too often the downstream software proves incapable of storing the structure properly or exploiting the taxonomy capabilities in a user-friendly search interface. 

“Making KO Work” explores the opportunities and the pitfalls. The options for a variety of scenarios and technologies will be described by speakers with practical experience of taxonomy integration.
Marc Stephenson of Metataxis asks whether and how to implement taxonomies in SharePoint, taking a warts-and-all view of the opportunities and the challenges. Joe Pairman of Mekon then shares ideas on the use of templates so that authors can tag their content easily, with benefits for personalized content delivery, analytics and quality control, as well as entirely new applications. Drawing on his experiences of implementing a new information and records management system for Aberdeen Harbour, Chris Jones will talk about the challenges of getting KO techniques to work with IT systems, especially for search. Alan Flett of Smartlogic then considers the merits of an applied taxonomy framework to handle the storage and manipulation of taxonomies before they are output into applications.

As usual the afternoon will be FREE for ISKO members and full-time students, and just 40 pounds for non-members.

For more details please go to and book your place.




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