and RightWord, LLC

Experience Counts

As an indexer, I trained with the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Studies, receiving a two-year certificate in the editing program. I am certified by the Institute of Certified Indexers as a highly qualified indexer.

As a taxonomist, I gained experience as an information architect with Argus Associates, learning from two of the founders of the IA field: Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville.

I have edited, co-edited, and co-authored dozens of articles and books in the fields of indexing and controlled vocabularies (taxonomies). I regularly present at local and national indexing conferences on such topics as index structure and taxonomy methodologies.

As a member of the American Society for Indexing since 1996, I have served both as a member of the board of directors, and as president (two terms).


Book Indexing

I have been creating back-of-book, website, and document indexes for over twenty years. I provide accurate indexes in a timely manner and styled as requested. My clients include both scholarly and trade publishers in a wide variety of fields:

  • Accounting guidelines
  • American history and culture
  • Biographies
  • Comparative religion
  • Cookbooks
  • Corporate reports
  • East Asian politics, history, culture, and literature
  • International relations
  • Liberal studies
  • LGBTQ studies
  • Literature and literary history
  • Medical texts for general audiences
  • Music and music history
  • Philosophy
  • Style manuals
  • Technical manuals

My clients include:

Beacon Press

Georgetown University Press
Oxford University Press

For additional details of my indexing experience, view my resume.
You can find my contact information below.

Taxonomy Design (RightWord, LLC)

Whether you need a taxonomy (controlled vocabulary) for tagging corporate content in a content management system or need to create a product hierarchy for browsing on a retail website, RightWord, LLC provides the experience you need.

We have created taxonomies for such organizations and companies as:

  • Paula's Choice Skincare
  • Salesforce
  • (International Gaming Technologies)
  • Family Wealth Library
  • Disney Studios
  • Scripps Newspapers
  • Harpo Productions (
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • American Mathematical Society
  • Dow Corning
  • Hewlett-Packard

For additional details of RightWord, LLC's taxonomy experience, view Fred Leise's resume.
You can find my contact information below.

Contact Me


Fred Leise
1128 W. Columbia Ave.
Chicago, IL  60626