The launch of SharePoint 2010 has brought new options for taxonomies. This new version has a more evolved taxonomy management framework, a relatively robust tagging interface, and some functions to leverage the taxonomies in search and navigation.

CMSWire brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Do I Still Need an Add-on for Taxonomy in SharePoint 2010?” So do you still need a taxonomy add-on for SharePoint 2010?

The new functions in SharePoint 2010 can meet the needs of a portion of users, but not all. Some content is so sophisticated that the basic vocabularies and tagging options won’t provide for a comprehensive search with related terms.

Don’t rule out quality taxonomies just because the CMS offers their own. The system should not be short-circuited by the limitations of a content management system which, trying to serve an array of purposes, doesn’t quite match all the functions served by the original parts.

Melody K. Smith

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