Heather Hedden has been a practicing taxonomist for 24 years, in various organizations and as an independent consultant with Hedden Information Management. She has designed and developed taxonomies, thesauri, ontologies, and metadata schema for internal and externally published content. Ms. Hedden has worked as a taxonomist in a library database publisher, a search software company, a wind energy company, a knowledge management consultancy, and an educational publisher. In addition to consulting, she provides onsite and online workshops on how to design and build taxonomies. Ms. Hedden is the author of the book, The Accidental Taxonomist.