There is always talk about developing taxonomies – the process, the standards, etc. But a major part of a dynamic taxonomy and healthy document management systems is the maintenance required for taxonimies.

What do you do with a taxonomy once it’s built? CMSWire brought this news to our attention in their article, “Taxonomy Goverance: The Maintenance Process.” After your taxonomy has been used for a few months, it is important to examine the keywords to determine if new ones should be added, or current ones retired. As concepts and technologies change and advance, so does terminology. Review your taxonomy on a regular basis to determine what updates you should make.

Good taxonomies take everything to the next level, forming the basis of not only mashups, but also author networks, project collaborations, and deeper and better information retrieval.

Melody K. Smith

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