the basics


I’m a linguist at Google.  I work on figuring out the semantic boundaries for product categories for Google Shopping, and how those categories should be interrelated.  What this really means is that I’m a taxonomist (or an ontologist).  

Previously, I worked in non-profits and academic libraries.


In 2009 I received my MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.  I focused on classification and systems for organizing information, with a healthy dose of academic library things too.  My BA from the University of Michigan (2006) was a self-crafted, interdisciplinary potpourri of French language & literature, ancient Greek pottery, linguistics, art history, cinema, and studio art…under the title “Arts & Ideas in the Humanities”.  Here’s a fun experiment I did in library school to generate a back-of-the-book index for images of Greek vases.

I also keep studying other things.

Art & Volunteering

I create art in various mediums, but favor collage, papercutting, and acrylic or oil painting.

I’m part of the Carnegie Museum of Art‘s Skibo Society, a committee helping the museum cultivate art appreciation and engagement among young professionals and millennials in Pittsburgh.

I will happily donate time to non-profits and cultural institutions in need of expertise in metadata, controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, ontologies, or anything else related to architecting information to improve how humans interact with the digital and physical world.

Contact Me

Email me: tricia.burmeister(at)

@dasburmeister on twitter

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