I look forward to November every year. Taxonomy Boot Camp has been a yearly pilgrimage for me since starting my journey in this fascinating art/science, and in 2017 I had the honor of becoming chair of the conference. I am excited to see friends and colleagues (old and new) and find out what great work people have been doing in organizations across a wide range of industries. I also love the task of crafting the year’s theme and program, trying to figure out what is on the minds of my fellow terminology enthusiasts – new taxonomy tools, testing methods, AI and NLP…

This year’s theme is “Accelerating Transformation.” We’ve all had to go through a pretty intense period of accelerated change lately, forcing many of us to catch up or keep up with increased demand for online services and support for virtual knowledge work. Taxonomy has been a foundational element of many of these valuable and transformational tools of the new era, helping to organize and disseminate vast amounts of content and data as well as connecting people and knowledge.

Although I’m disappointed to not get to rub physical elbows with my fellow taxonomists, I am very excited to hear about everyone stepped up to the challenge of the new reality.

We have a number of exciting speakers this year, including our keynote from the New York Times, case studies from Facebook and Ubisoft, and lots of great technique lessons covering taxonomy training and testing in a virtual world.

I do hope you will join us and can’t wait to see you there!

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