There are a lot of issues with implementing taxonomies – designing, building, and of course the technical swarm of terms. These challenges are typically what get all the attention and focus. What is quite often forgotten and of equal importance, if not more, is governance.

CMS Wire brought this information to our attention in their article, “Governing a Taxonomy in an Enterprise CMS.” Content governance and taxonomy governance can have a huge impact on how well your users can find and use information on your site. Good taxonomy equals great findability. It is that simple. But it doesn’t happen magically. The taxonomies have to be maintained to be useful and provide relevant search results. Four things to remember include structure, processes, standards and tools. And find a partner who can help you build a solid taxonomy to create the ultimate findability for your content. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies and associated rule bases for machine assisted indexing.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.