“In this short book, we explore how lists, categories, trees and facets can be better used to organize information for others. We also learn how metadata and taxonomies can connect different collections and increase the findability of information across the website or intranet.”
It starts off very well with a concept map of the concepts covered in the book. It explains the concepts simply and gives practical advice and illustrations.
For example, “the first principle of making lists is – all terms used in the list should pass the common knowledge test”. It’s fun to read, and recommends many excellent resources. Length – 54 pages and closes with a check list.
Very much ecommended. Enjoy.
Introduction to taxonomies and thesauri
Taxonomy Boot Camp 2011
Very interesting example of working with taxonomies in the presentation on Rebuilding Taxonomy Warehouse as an Ontology from Dave Clarke at Synaptica International.
Gary Carlson has good advice and amusing examples in Avoiding the Autobiographical Taxonomy
Other well known presenters include Heather Hedden, Patrick Lambe, Seth Earley, Tom Reamy.
Go on to read the full interview for more on indexing and taxonomies
Marjorie Hlava is the President of Access Innovations – known for its taxonomy management systems. She gives 10 powerful reasons for adopting and using taxonomies to improve enterprise search.
The SLA Taxonomy Division
+ Taxonomies in Search
+ Taxonomies in e-Commerce
+ People Directories and Author Networks Based on Taxonomies
Even the outlines will inform.
Reamy identifies a few myths:
+ Folksonomies are examples of the wisdom of crowds
+ Folksonomies are building bottom-up classification systems
+ Folksomomies are Working
+ Metadata works best when it is free – in the realm of Everyman
Susan Cisco adds from her experience – “My observation of folksonomy use at the enterprise level is that it hasn’t been very successful. Isn’t that what happens when organizations allow end users to organize and maintain records and information without management controls or naming conventions?”
Her recommendation: “A simple taxonomy appears to be a more reliable approach to tagging electronic records.”
Pitfall of Search
When we search we are like Ned Kelly on a horse looking at the horizon seeing only a tiny slice.
Ryan Tracey reflects on the Ted Canberra lecture by Dr Whitelaw who recommends we deal with this problem by showing everything through data visualization techniques. He notes that this may be good for exploring but not necessarily for learning. The learner needs “scaffolding” – a structure to the subject area. This can be provided through “categories and tags”. Taxonomies, essentially – and taxonomies built by subject experts. He says (and I agree wholeheartedly), “I still believe in the value of an expert guiding a novice. I maintain the expert has an obligation to contribute his or her expertise to the knowledge repository, and to tag it appropriately.”
Article also links to the excellent TedXCanberra lecture.
Role of Taxonomies in Web 3.0
“Web 3.0 will effectively categorize and present digital information to users in a visually improved manner that enhances interaction, analysis, intuition and search functions. The key driver in this scenario is the concept of taxonomies – standardized and self-describing classifications with codified semantics that are related to one another via highly normalized and descriptive metadata, not by a pastiche of static hyperlinks.”
Facets for Taxonomy
“Part 1 of this article – yes, if it’s about taxonomies it just seems to need two parts – introduces the concept of facets and the power of faceted navigation and search. A later article will aim to train any of those lumbering Sumo-type taxonomy trees you may have into the fighting-fit warriors of Samurai facets.”
Classification systems as we have known them were designed for paper. Facets work better for digital.
Using Taxonomies in Sharepoint
Arnold: “My suggestion is to do some thinking about the nature of the user, the specific information retrieval needs, and the expertise required to do the job to avoid wasting time and money.”
The Accidental Taxonomist Book
Heather presents sessions and offers workshops at many conferences and has published numerous articles. See her websiteHedden Information Management for upcoming presentations and published articles on the Web.
Articles on Taxonomy and Tagging Portfolio
* Editorial Introduction by Karen Loasby, Contributing Editor, Manager
* Taxonomies and Tagging Survey Results
* Creating User Centred Taxonomies: Part One, by James Kelway
* Creating User Centred Taxonomies: Part Two, by James Kelway
* Folksonomies: Business Use, by Fran Alexander
* Automatic Classification: A Panel Discussion, by Karen Loasby
* Image Findability: Improving through Tags, by Ian Davis
* Becoming a Taxonomist: Real Life Stories, by Karen Loasby
* Recommended Resources
Falksonomies in Business
Provides a comparison of characteristics for folksonomies and the taxonomy.
Proposes that we should aim at getting “best of both worlds” and presents “suggested contexts” for using each.