Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Taxonomies and Web 2.0

Upcoming KM Chicago Presentation for April 14, 2009 by Marjorie Hlava

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In a Web 2.0 or social networking world, content can be quickly generated, ephemeral and highly personalized. The tools also enable collaboration, customization, mashups. What does this mean for the knowledge manager? Can the information be reused through a Slice ‘n dice – chunking and enhanced by user contributions – user generated knowledge bases? Can folksonomies supplemented by social tagging be controlled with taxonomic structures for long term use?
This talk covers some case examples of the intersection between the free association of ideas in Web 2.0 and organized knowledge capture and storage.

Marjorie M.K. Hlava is President, Chairman, and founder of Access Innovations, Inc. She founded the company in 1978 and it is now in its 30th year. The company provides information management services such as metatagging, thesaurus and taxonomy creation workflow consulting. In short, all services to create and maintain a digital information collection. The company owns the Data Harmony software for Content creation, taxonomy management, metadata and entity extraction, automatic summarization, and automatic indexing for portals and data collections. In creating well formed data we can significantly enhance search results.

She is very well known in the international information arena. She is past president of NFAIS (2002-2003), the organization of those who create, organize and distribute information. Ms. Hlava is past president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - 1993 (ASIST) and the 1996 recipient of ASIST's prestigious Watson Davis Award, twice a member of the Board of Directors of SLA (formerly known as the Special Libraries Association), 5 year member of the Board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), past President of the Board of Documentation Abstracts, and has held numerous committee and other positions in these and other organizations. She has published more than two hundred articles and books on information science topics.

Marjorie holds software patents. Her research areas include furthering the productivity of content creation and the governance layer for information access through automated indexing, thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, and machine aided indexing. She has given countless presentations domestically and internationally, including keynote addresses. She has given workshops and lectures on thesaurus development, taxonomy creation, natural language processing, machine translations, and machine aided indexing.

She is also president of the Hubbell House Alliance restoring a spacious historic adobe home on 10 acres which served as a ranch headquarters, coaching inn on the El Camino Real, trading post, post office and mercantile.

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