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ContextualAnalysis, LLC provides consulting services focusing in metadata and taxonomy development, as well as information architecture and back-of-book indexing.

We believe that there are no easy solutions, no cookie-cutter answers, to your unique set of business needs.

We take the time to understand what is important to you before we begin offering solutions.
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We ensure the users of your Website or Intranet can find the information they need quickly and efficiently using appropriate taxonomies.
Publications / Presentations

"Introduction to Controlled Vocabularies," Society of Indexers national conference, Winchester, England, July 2008

"Introduction to Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies," American Society for Indexing national conference, Philadelphia, May 2007

“Building Advanced taxonomes: Methodology and Analysis Techniques," IA Summit, as Vegas, March 2007

“Controlled Vocabularies and Taxonomies” and “Introduction to Information for Indexers,” joint meeting of the South-Central Chapter, American Society for Indexing and Society of Technical Communicators, Houston Chapter, Houston, November 2006

“Advanced Taxonomy: Plan, Design, Build,” 3-day workshop for D. Z. Hampton, presented in Brunei Darussalam and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2006

“Information Architecture for Indexers,” half-day workshop, American Society for Indexing national conference, Toronto, June 2006

“Introduction to Information Architecture and Usability,” half-day workshop, Special Libraries Association Continuing Education Course, national conference, Baltimore, June 2006

Indexing practicum series, Chicago/Great Lakes Chapter, American Society for Indexing, 2005 and 2006

“Business Practices for Indexers,” presentation, American Society for Indexing national conference, Pasadena, CA, May 2005, with Alexandra Nickerson

“Practical Design of Metadata and Controlled Vocabularies,” half-day workshop, American Society for Indexing national conference, Pasadena, CA, May 2005

“Introduction to Metadata and Controlled Vocabularies,” half-day workshop, American Society for Indexing national conference, Pasadena, CA, May 2005

“Information Architecture and Website Usability for Indexers,” half-day workshop, Western New York Chapter, American Society for Indexing, Skaneateles, New York, April 2005

"Information Architecture and Website Usability for Indexers,” half-day workshop, Heartland Chapter, American Society for Indexing, Richmond, Indiana, April 2005

“You Say Cookies, I Say Biscuits: An Exploration of Metadata and Controlled Vocabularies,” half-day workshop, New York Metro Chapter, American Society for Indexing, New York City, April, 2005

"Metadata and Content Management Systems: An Introduction for Indexers. The Indexer (the international journal of indexing). Vol. 24, No. 2, October 2004.

"Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies," workshop for Special Libraries Association annual conference, June 7, 2003, New York

from: An information architecture and usability website.
" All About Facets & Controlled Vocabularies"
The first in a series of articles by Karl Fast, Mike Steckel and Fred Leise on creating and using controlled vocabularies and faceted classifications.

from: An information architecture and usability website.
"Improving Usability with a Website Index"
Indexes are important information-finding tools that can enhance website usability. They offer easy scanning for finding known items, they provide entry points to content using the users’ own vocabulary and they provide access to concepts discussed, but not named, in the text.


"Building User-Friendly Websites"
A basic introduction to planning, creating and maintaining web sites
(Originally published in The Voice of Chorus America.)


"Using Faceted Classification to Assist Indexing"
Thinking about facets or attributes can help indexers create better, more complete indexes
(Originally published in Key Words.)

"Information Architecture for Indexers" (DOC) (PowerPoint)
A basic introduction to information architecture and how information architects work, including using skills similar to those used by indexers.
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