Heather Hedden has been active in developing and editing taxonomies since 1995. She has worked as an independent consultant (Hedden Information Management, www.hedden-information.com) and currently is a senior vocabulary editor at Cengage Learning. Heather is also an instructor of taxonomy development through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. Heather is the author of Indexing Specialties: Web Sites (2007), the chapter “Controlled Vocabularies, Thesauri, and Taxonomies” in Index It Right! Advice From the Experts (Vol. 2, 2010), and the chapter “Indexing Arabic Names” in Indexing Names (2012), all of which are published by Information Today, Inc., on behalf of the American Society for Indexing (ASI). She has also published numerous journal articles.
The Accidental Taxonomistby Heather Hedden
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The Accidental Taxonomist is the most comprehensive guide available to the art and science of building information taxonomies. Heather Hedden—a leading taxonomy expert and instructor—walks readers through the process, displaying her trademark ability to present highly technical information in straightforward, comprehensible English. In this fully revised second edition, Hedden provides updates on taxonomy standards, development techniques, and career opportunities for taxonomists. She presents fresh survey data and offers new and expanded coverage of such critical topics as taxonomy testing, metadata, linked data, and SharePoint. Drawing on numerous real-world examples, she explains how to create terms and relationships, select taxonomy management software, design taxonomies for human versus automated indexing, manage enterprise taxonomy projects, adapt taxonomies to various user interfaces, and more.
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