Presentations & Talks

The Synaptica team regularly attend a diverse range of events, talks and seminars including Dublin Core, KMWorld, Washington and Taxonomy Boot Camp, London. The team also attend events organized by SLA, ISKO, NetIKX, CILIP. A selection of our event activity can be found below including recent presentations, digests and talks.

KMWorld Connect 2020

Building a Knowledge-based Enterprise One Step at a Time

Is taxonomy out and ontology in? Are ontologies cooling off and knowledge graphs heating up? To take advantage of advances in information and data science, and to avoid reworking designs to fit the latest hype cycle, it is important to have a coherent strategy for building a knowledge-based enterprise from the foundations up, one step at a time.

Watch the Keynote on YouTube from Dave Clarke, CEO & Founder, Synaptica with Atanas Kiryakov, CEO Ontotext.

Mini-Workshop: Knowledge Graphs as Art and Architecture

Knowledge graphs are not a plug-and-play solution. The implementation of a knowledge graph is equal parts art and architecture involving business and technical teams. An overall knowledge graph strategy should be created, the underlying ontology must be modelled and developed, data and content sources identified, and systems integrated. In this workshop, learn to define the strategic and technical components which need to come together to successfully implement a knowledge graph.

Watch the KMWorld mini-workshop on YouTube from Bob Kasenchak and Ahren Lehnert, Senior Managers at Synaptica.

Strategies for Taxonomy Mapping
When Things Can’t be Standardized: Separate Taxonomies & Mapping

Organizations with multiple vocabularies often wish to map them to one another or to external vocabularies for knowledge management, information retrieval, content strategy, and other uses. This is not as simple as it seems and can represent a great deal of manual effort. What does it mean to map terms? What are the different ways to express, for example, exact and near topical matches?

Watch the talk on YouTube from Bob Kasenchak, Senior Manager, Client Solutions, Synaptica discusses strategies and options for mapping and crosswalking taxonomies including models, techniques, and tools.

A Wiki, an Ontology, & a Knowledge Graph Walk into a Bar
Models for Unstructured Data

Ahren Lehnert, Senior Manager, Synaptica discusses how wikis are a great way to share knowledge and are an active practice in many KM scenarios. Wiki content, being textual, is only semi-structured and requires metadata tagging and analysis to surface useful information. While many wiki platforms include content tagging options, these concepts are typically limited to categorizing content and aiding search. What if wiki content could be supplemented with ontologies and linked data and made part of a larger knowledge graph?

Watch on YouTube about an ontology, a wiki, and linked data who walked into a bar and walked out dreadfully sober and clear.

Beyond Posting Counts: Giving Taxonomists a 360 Degree View of How Concepts are Applied to Content

DCMI Virtual 2020

DCMI Virtual was a program of virtual, invited and moderated sessions including keynotes, expert panel discussions, tutorials and presentations. The conference was interactive, with moderated question and answer sessions and ran from Monday September 14th to Friday 25th September 2020. Dave Clarke shared a case study in which an ontology was used to create content description profiles and bi-directional APIs. The solution provided users with an innovative ability to review qualitative as well as quantitative details about how concepts are used.

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Dublin Core

The hype around knowledge graphs

Many of us have experience of building different kinds of knowledge organization systems, and now knowledge graphs are another tool in our taxonomy toolbox. Dave Clarke explored the role of KOS in an accessible and straightforward way. For this keynote as part of TBCL19 he puts KOS in the broader context of knowledge graphs and their component taxonomies, metadata and data.

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TBCL19 Synaptica

Validating a taxonomy with stakeholders

Bob Kasenchak outlined how the validation phase of a taxonomy project is crucial to mediating a dailogue between the taxonomist and the various stakeholders and consumers of their work.

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Extending SharePoint taxonomy

Ahren E. Lehnert and Agnes Molnar, Search Explained presented a case study of a custom-built UI which can add taxonomy management features such as related terms and polyhierarchy to the native SharePoint Term Store.

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KMWorld 2019
November 4 - 7 2019
Further information and full programme on KMWorld and co-located events is available via the Conference website.

Keynote: Discovery for SharePoint

Developing the ‘killer app’ taxonomy experience for SharePoint.

For years we have advised clients that there are just some things they can’t do with their taxonomies once they migrate them to the SharePoint Term Store. Restrictions within SharePoint prevent much of the richness of thesauri and non-hierarchical relationships from being expressed. A breakthrough solution has been developed through a joint venture effort between Synaptica and Search Explained. Dave Clarke and Agnes Molnar briefly review the common pain points experienced in SharePoint taxonomy implementations for this keynote talk at KMWorld – demonstrating innovative new user experiences that transcend common pain points and deliver a taxonomy-rich search, browse and tagging experience within SharePoint.

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KMWorld 2019

Catching the Wave 

Dave Clarke, CEO, Synaptica on Tools and Technology for Taxonomists. This keynote presentation also includes some initial insights from the recent Taxonomy Practitioners Survey 2018. This talk was presented at Taxonomy Boot Camp 2018 events in London and Washington D.C.

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SPARQL, You Taxonomy Star!

Jim Sweeney spoke at Taxonomy Boot Camp 2018 in Washington D.C. on defining, designing and accessing Linked Data.

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Using Ontologies for More than Information Categorization 

Ahren E. Lehnert, Senior Manager, Text Analytics Solutions, Synaptica explains how ontologies can be used in other ways. This talk was presented at both London and Washington D.C. Taxonomy Boot Camp events in 2018.

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Using Structure in Taxonomy-based Auto-Categorization 

As part of the Text Analytics Forum 2018 in Washington D.C. Ahren E. Lehnert gave a presentation on structure and auto-categorization as part of a series of talks on new techniques in text analytics.

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Dublin Core Conference, Porto, Portugal

DCMI Annual International Conference

September 10 -13, 2018 – Porto, Portugal. LOD-KOS: A Framework for Private Enterprise Data as well as Public Open Data Linked Data and IIIF: Dave Clarke gave a special presentation as part of the conference programme. The presentation is available here. Further information and the full programme is available via the DCMI Conference website.

Dublin Core

Making true connections in a complex world: new technologies to link facts, concepts and data

NetIKX, London January 2018
At this meeting new approaches to Linked Data and Graph Technology were presented and discussed. Dion Lindsay introduced the New Graph Technology of Information and our CEO David Clarke discussed Building Rich Search and Discovery User Experiences with Linked Open Data. A report will be available from the NetIKX blog shortly. Visit the NetIKX website  for further information on this organisation.


Other event presentations and highlights include:

PNC Annual Conference and Joint Meetings
November 7-9, 2017 – Tainin, Taiwan. Linked Data and IIIF: Integrating Taxonomy Management with Image Annotation given by Gene Loh, Synaptica LLC. Further information is available via the PNC website.