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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Seminar 1: Indexes for Content Findability: New Trends and Technologies

Pre-Meeting Seminar
Seminar 1: Indexes for Content Findability: New Trends and Technologies

The move towards digitized content enables end-users to simply use a search feature to find information in published sources. Indexes remain critical for users of scholarly content, however, because they need greater precision and recall than what search can provide. Speakers from a range of backgrounds will explore trends and technologies in indexes for digital publications, both books and periodicals. After an introduction to indexes and thesauri, including comparisons of back-of-the-book and periodical/database indexes, the session will cover issues and trends in creating indexes for digital book content, including EPUB specifications, embedded indexing, issues of ebook index entry references and pagination. The session will also cover issues in database indexes for periodical articles, including how to support consistent indexing and enhance content discoverability with a taxonomy/thesaurus, manual vs. automated indexing implementations, potential benefits to collaboration between publishers and database providers on consistent subject indexing, and user interface considerations.

Moderator: Heather Hedden, Gale/Cengage Learning
Twitter Handle: hhedden


Heather Hedden, Gale/Cengage Learning
Heather Hedden is a Senior Vocabulary Editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, where she helps edit the subject thesaurus used in indexing periodical articles, reference sources, and digital archives for various Gale library database products. She previously worked as a periodical and back-of-the-book indexer. Heather has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing (ASI). Heather is currently a member of the board of ASI and of the Content and Collection Management Topic Committee’s Bibliographic Roadmap Project working group of NISO. She previously served as board member of the Taxonomy Division of SLA president of the New England Chapter of ASI. Heather is author of The Accidental Taxonomist (2010, 2016).
Twitter: hhedden
David Ream, Leverage Technologies, Inc.
David Ream is principle of Leverage Technologies, providing consulting, publishing/indexing software, custom programming, and production services for the publishing industry since 1990. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University and has spent over 40 years working with publishers in the areas of typesetting design and production, database creation, editorial systems, and electronic publication design and production. He is also the chair for the American Society for Indexings Digital Trends Task Force, and a co-chair for the International Digital Publishing Forums Indexes Working Group, which developed an indexes specification for EPUB 3 ebooks.
Bob Doyle, Harvard University
Bob Doyle has been helping communities communicate for over forty years, with various media from film to video and, in particular, desktop publishing tools. His goal has always been to lower equipment costs to put the means of production in the hands of the people. He was the eleventh certified developer for the Apple Macintosh and produced the first desktop publishing program, MacPublisher, in 1984, along with MacIndexer and MacHyphen, automated indexing and hyphenation programs. He was digital video editor of NewMedia Magazine in the 1990s and a contributing editor to eContent Magazine in the 2000s
Marjorie Hlava, Access Innovations, Inc.
Marjorie is a popular speaker on topics involving information organization, semantic enrichment, and taxonomy and thesaurus creation. She is the author of multiple books and over 200 articles, including her newest publication, The Taxobook, a three-volume collection on the history and implementation of taxonomies. She holds two U.S. patents encompassing 21 patent claims.
Twitter Handle: #mmkhlava
Ashleigh Faith, EBSCO Information Services
Ashleigh N. Faith is the Taxonomy Manager at EBSCO Information Service. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science and is currently completing her PhD, with a concentration in linked data and ontology, at the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked with Deere, NASA, NATO, SAE International, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Transportation Research Board, among others. Her publications and conference presentations can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleighnfaith and https://ashleighnfaith.wordpress.com/.
Nick Houlahan, EBSCO Information Services
Nick Houlahan is Taxonomy Team Leader at EBSCO Information Services (EIS). He works with ten taxonomists to drive projects using EIS’s controlled vocabularies and authority metadata to increase discoverability of scholarly content. Recently, he has been involved in the creation of EIS’s metathesaurus that lies at the heart of the companys Enhanced Subject Precision (ESP) initiative to improve results within the EBSCOs search experience. Nick has advanced degrees in Classics from the University of Cambridge and the University of Chicago and is near the end of an MLIS at Simmons College with a focus on technology.
Jake Zarnegar, Silverchair Information Systems
Jake Zarnegar is Chief Product Officer of Silverchair Information Systems and previously served as President and Chief Technology Officer of the company, which provides software products and services to STM publishers and organizations. Mr. Zarnegar has led the development and deployment of a number of Silverchair’s major software platforms. A pioneer in XML web services for health reference content management, he has spearheaded a family of technologies including the application of semantic metadata to clinical content, ontology management tools, an online authoring platform for medical authors and editors, and an e-learning CMS/LMS platform. Mr. Zarnegar is a graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.