We have written many times about the massive amount of data being created in this digital era. One of many problems in this chaotic whirlwind is the naming of files by random employees or users of the data. This inconsistent approach makes it difficult to locate and retrieve critical files once they are saved into the hodgepodge naming system.

CMS Wire brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Leveraging, Locating and Retrieving Content: the ROI of Taxonomy.” Constructing an intuitive hierarchical classification structure, or taxonomy, for an organization’s intellectual assets is beyond critical. Without a good taxonomy, the amount of time wasted searching for data is bad business and a waste of time and money.

Machine-assisted indexing, in tandem with a taxonomy, works best with professionals building a strong foundation for findability. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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