Is taxonomy dying?┬áThe science of describing, naming, and classifying living things may be on the verge of extinction. This rather sobering topic was found on the Business Mirror in their article, “Taxonomy, a dying profession.”

Fewer students each year are taking taxonomy as a course, and the high-paying professions are overshadowing it as a career choice. What happens when we have no more taxonomists? Before a species can be protected, it must be identified and classified.

In the world of technology, taxonomists are fading away as well. The “on-demand” world we live in has decided that built-in taxonomies and word clouds have replaced the standards-based, solid taxonomies that provide for true findability of data.

Fortunately, there are organizations that disagree. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant taxonomies to produce comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.