Taxonomies and TOCs
“Seth outlined a three-prong approach to information management:
- Develop a taxonomy.
- Apply the taxonomy to your content.
- Leverage the taxonomy to view your content in different ways.”
The workshop fitted in all the parts: taxonomy, folksonomy, inforamtion architecture, metadata, facets. A writer, Johnson noted the likeness of taxonomy to table of contents:
“That said, although organizing a TOC and building out a taxonomy seem similar, wouldn’t it be much easier to build out the TOC if you already had a taxonomy to refer to? The taxonomy should provide the heavy critical thought already, making the TOC somewhat of a derivative exercise.”
Comments to the post lead to more observations and resources.
Taxonomy, Metadata, and Search: Notes from Seth Earley’s Confab Workshop by Tom Johnson, idratherbewriting.com (June 25)