The SLA Taxonomy Division presents the second webinar in their Practical Classification series. Sharon Garewal, from JSTOR, and Marcie Zaharee, from MITRE, will each describe how they use tools to build thesauri and classify data.

Mark your calendar now for October 3, 2013 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST. The webinars are free to division members. Other SLA members may attend for $15, or contact SLA to add the division for $20. Non-members may attend for $50. Register here.

JSTOR is an archive of over 8 million articles, book chapters, and primary source content. The JSTOR Thesaurus was built to aid in the speed and accuracy of search results. The thesaurus currently includes over 56k terms and over 100k rules and continues to grow and change. Sharon Garewal will show how the thesaurus has been constructed and how branches are currently being reviewed and revised. Using the M.A.I. rule builder, she will give examples of both simple and complex rules that aid in more precise indexing. Testing articles for suggested indexing terms will be shown as a quality control activity.

The Department of Defense (DoD) established the Net-Centric Data Strategy which provides the foundation for managing DoD data. One of the goals of the strategy is to tag data assets with metadata to enable discovery by users and systems within the DoD and intelligence communities. The presentation will provide an overview of a practical use case for constructing taxonomies to facilitate discovery and understandability of DoD and intelligence data. A review of the taxonomy development process used, and how Data Harmony Thesaurus Master  and other tools were leveraged to develop controlled vocabularies will be presented.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.