About Us

Since 1995, Synaptica has provided award-winning, enterprise-class software for building and maintaining many different types of knowledge organisation systems. Synaptica’s international solutions team brings together independent thought leaders from multiple consulting organisations and disciplines, including:

  • Knowledge Management
  • Taxonomy construction
  • Ontologies and Linked Data
  • Abstracting and indexing
  • Text Analytics and NLP
  • UI/UX and Search

With the benefit of different perspectives, we can offer unique insights to solve the challenges facing your organisation. Contact us today to start a conversation about your knowledge organisation and discover project.

Synaptica, LLC, a private company co-founded by principals Trish Yancey and Dave Clarke. Every year Synaptica invests heavily in R&D to maintain its leadership position. Software development and business management is located in Denver, Colorado, with additional sales and support provided by subsidiary and affiliate companies in Europe and Asia. Synaptica supports numerous library and information science teaching programs at universities around the world.

Executive Team

David Clarke
CEO & Co-founder
26 years information industry experience
Contributing author of US National Standard for Controlled Vocabularies ANSI-NISO Z39.19 (2005)
Lead for business strategy and technical product vision

Trish Yancey
CFO & Co-founder
36 years information industry experience
Contributing author of US National Standard for Controlled Vocabularies ANSI-NISO Z39.19 (2005)
Lead for user requirements and open industry standards


Jim Sweeney
Senior Product Manager
19 years taxonomy industry experience
12 years with Synaptica
Lead for client relations and product management

Ahren Lehnert
Senior Product Manager
15 years taxonomy industry experience
1 year with Synaptica
Lead for product management

Sean Maslow
Software Architect
14 years taxonomy industry experience
10 years with Synaptica

Jim Dwyer
Software Architect
23 years taxonomy industry experience
19 years with Synaptica

Vivs Long-Ferguson
Marketing Manager
30 years’ experience in marketing and communications. Former RSA Head of UK Areas responsible for Fellowship engagement and participation strategies.
Joined Synaptica 2017 leading on marketing and social media.

Gene Loh
Software Architect
Gene has over 20 year’s experience in software development and leads an engineering team focused on research and development of Linked Data applications and enterprise solutions at Synaptica. Gene is founder and Executive Director of Stronium, based in Kuala Lumpur.

Awards & Recognition

KM World Trend-Setting Product of the Year Award
2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 & 2017

Corporate America’s Best Taxonomy Management Software 2016


KM World 100 Companies that matter in Knowledge Management
2012, 2014 2015, 2016 & 2017

Global Knowledge Management Congress’s Knowledge Management Leadership Award 2016