Explaining a taxonomy as a “knowledge organization system,” our very own Margie Hlava explains how they are used to control the use of terms used in a subject field, as an indexing “vocabulary” to facilitate the storing and retrieving of items from a repository.

These Knowledge Organizations Systems (KOS) are usually specific to a knowledge domain or a topical area, a subject area, or an enterprise area. This interesting article was found on KM World titled, “What is a Taxonomy.” At its simplest, the term taxonomy is quite often used interchangeably with thesaurus. You can think of a thesaurus as a taxonomy with extras. Check out the rest of this informative article to learn more about the purest of a taxonomy.

Melody K. Smith

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