KM Institute to Debut Its First "Certified Knowledge Specialist" Program in Taxonomy and Search Solutions

KM Institute (KMI), the global leader in Knowledge Management Certification, is about to deliver its first Certified Knowledge Specialist (CKS) 4-day class, April 7-10, in Reston, VA, at the Sheraton Reston (just outside Washington, DC).

The CKS is a new Certification by KMI designed to take a 'deep dive' focus into a specific KM topic. In the case of the April class, the CKS will focus on Taxonomy and Search Solutions.

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Scientist proposes revolutionary naming system for all life on Earth

 A Virginia Tech researcher has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence and in doing so created a universal language that scientists can use to communicate with unprecedented specificity about all life on Earth.Read more at:   

End of 2013 Round Up of Taxonomy Blogs, Part I

It's that time of year, folks, when it seems like everyone is publishing some kind of year end list or "round up" of the years news highlights, blogsand blog posts, photos, videos, and more. So why not do the same here at Synaptica?To keep things manageable, listed here are some 2013 blogs and blog entries, culled from almost a thousand, that address taxonomy in one way or another. You'll find taxonomy as it relates to Drupal (no suprise) Pinterest, Bloom's educational classification (again, no surprise), the Semantic Web, Twitter, Ajax, and more.

FYI: SAE's Classification Schema Use Survey*

375 people participated in SAE's classification schema use survey; and, 240 completed it.   To the first question, "Which classification scheme do you/your company use?" it's notable that the answer "Taxonomy" registers the highest number of response while "I do not know" is a distant second ("Ontology" comes in third.)  More from the classification survey to come. *Faith, Ashleigh et. al. “Classification Schema Use.” Survey. 29 September 2013 through 15 October 2013.

Is Your Content Plan Equipped for Content Engineering?

"For enterprises with large amounts of content...traditional content management systems quickly encounter pitfalls...How will you implement a taxonomy, ensure consistent metadata, or make sure content ties to specific user profiles?"  
To read more about content engineering and what it entails, including taxonomy, check out Kevin Howarth's article at

In the News: How Taxonomies Help News Organizations Understand and Categorize Their Content

Anna Li,, August 30, 2013 News organizations such as the Associated Press, The New York Times and Thomson Reuters are teaching computers to categorize text and images by building robust taxonomies that their systems use to tag news content. Adding digital information under the hood in this way helps link stories together and serve up relevant content to news audiences. In a recent interview with Poynter, Associated Press staffers talked about the AP’s News Taxonomy and why a news organization might consider using it.