Access Innovations’ Director of Business Development Bob Kasenchak is speaking at the IA Summit next week, March 22-26, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia. His presentation is titled “Taxonomic Irony or: What I Think about When I Think about Taxonomies (Including a Meta-Taxonomy)” and is scheduled for Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 2:15pm – 3:00pm.

“When I talk to Information Architects about taxonomies, it often seems that we’re not talking about the same thing(s)–which, given the goal of vocabulary control, is pretty ironic,” says Mr. Kasenchak. “It turns out that organizing pages on a website for navigation and organizing hundreds of thousands of pieces of content for discovery are deeply related but extraordinarily different activities; this suggests that different demands (e.g., construction and design strategies) are required for each.”

Increasingly, Information Architects are required or assumed to have competency across the various types of taxonomies, including those (until recently) primarily in the purview of library and information science. In his high-level talk, Mr. Kasenchak suggests that there are, broadly speaking, three types of taxonomies, each of which come with different strategies for construction, implementation, and user interaction.


About Access Innovations, Inc. –,,

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation, and semantic integration. Access Innovations’ Data Harmony software includes automatic indexing, thesaurus management, an XML Intranet System (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs.  Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments, and corporate clients throughout the world.


About the IA Summit –

Now in its 18th year, the Information Architecture Summit is the foremost gathering of information architects, user experience designers, content strategists, and all those who work to create and manage information spaces. This is where the community comes together to refine our craft, solve problems, and break new ground. The IA Summit features workshops, keynote addresses, sessions as well as networking and social events. The IA Summit is produced with the support of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T).