Cleveland is hosting the American Society for Indexing (ASI) for their annual conference on April 26-28, 2018. With the theme, “Indexer’s Rock“, Cleveland, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, seems the appropriate locale for the gathering of those dedicated to promoting excellence in indexing and increasing awareness of the value of well-written indexes.
The conference program offers many nuggets of interest for those in the information management and findability business. A couple of interesting workshops that caught our eye includes Guitars vs. Fenders: Creating Thesauri and Taxonomies that Rock facilitated by Heather Hedden. This session presents the basics of designing and creating a thesaurus or taxonomy, whether to support one’s own indexing projects or as a service to others.
Another session of interest is Indexes and Controlled Vocabularies in the Age of Intelligent Machines facilitated by Daniel Lovins. This workshop looks at semi-structured data or unstructured data in light of increasingly powerful natural language processing tools.
Melody K. Smith
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