We all know the importance of metadata for DAM, and DAM managers are expected to understand the basics of designing and applying metadata. Essential for optimizing the efficacy of metadata are controlled vocabularies and taxonomies, the nuances of which are not so widely understood.

Controlled vocabularies are the values that populate many metadata properties. Determining which properties should have controlled rather than uncontrolled terms, and how term lists should be designed and controlled are important parts of metadata management. Controlled vocabularies provide metadata governance, but they do need to be governed.

Taxonomies determine how controlled vocabularies are structured in a hierarchy. Hierarchies may seem intuitive, but there are challenges in selecting the optimum choice. This course covers both the challenges and potential solutions. Standards and best practices do exist, but there is a difference between taxonomy creation guidelines and rules.

In this course, we provide guidance on when, why and how to design a taxonomy, its term relations, and its term labels. We also answer the question ‘Where does AI fit into what should be done?’


Sign up for this course and receive the following...

  • Four detailed sessions exploring when, why and how to design a taxonomy, its term relations, and its term labels
  • Sessions are available online in self paced modules
  • Teaching by Taxonomy expert Heather Hedden
  • Each session is 75 minutes including 25 minutes to query Heather
  • A Certificate of Participation - evidencing your commitment to developing knowledge and skills
  • Unable to attend all sessions or joining partway through? Recordings will be available to all registrants

About the course

This is a beginner/intermediate course for DAM managers who are familiar with taxonomies and controlled vocabularies, as users, but have little experience in designing and creating them. Less time will be spent discussing taxonomy benefits and uses, and more time will be spent on how to create a good taxonomy.

While it is possible to contract a freelance taxonomist to build or revise your taxonomy, the taxonomy still needs to be managed, updated, and expanded over time. In-house taxonomy expertise is essential. A set of controlled vocabularies and taxonomies can also be considered one of an organization’s “assets”. It demands on-going attention, along with the digital assets that are tagged with the controlled vocabulary terms, the governance policies, the guidelines for management, the software system to manage it (definitely not spreadsheets), and periodic quality checks and audits.

DAM managers are expected to manage all aspects of the digital assets under their charge, including their tagging and the terms available for tagging. This course will help them to develop appropriate custom controlled vocabularies and taxonomies and feel confident about their quality.


Schedule

Session 1: February 28, 2024 - Introduction to Metadata and Controlled Vocabularies and their Use

Upcoming sessions:
Session 2: March 6, 2024 - Planning and Development of Controlled Vocabularies
Session 3: March 13, 2024 - Creating Taxonomy Terms and Relationships
Session 4: March 27, 2024 - Taxonomy Design and Implementation

You can view the full series summary here

February – March, 2024

Online Educational Series