ISKO UK: integrating taxonomies into technology (London, 14 March 2017)

Making Knowledge Organisation (KO) Work: integrating taxonomies into technology

When:  Tuesday March 14th 2017, at 14:30

Where: The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (Directions)

The afternoon is FREE for ISKO members and full-time students, £40 for non-members.   For more information about the event, please click here.


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, Metataxis (whether and how to implement taxonomies in SharePoint).
  • Joe Pairman, Mekon  (the use of templates for authors to tag their content easily, with benefits for personalized content delivery, analytics and quality control).
  • Chris Jones, Aberdeen Harbour (the challenges of getting KO techniques to work with IT systems, especially for search).
  • Alan Flett, Smartlogic (the storage and manipulation of taxonomies before they are output into applications).

All are invited to stay on for networking, wine and nibbles, kindly sponsored by Mekon.