As a writer, I can completely understand someone who “loves to collect words.” Whether you are writing a story, reading, or just mentally bookmarking words for future use, I get the fascination.

In one particular instance, the author is collecting color words, like the names of paint chips. We all know that there are hundreds of words to describe off-white. Pearl, alabaster, ivory – well, you get the point. This creative and interesting information came from the blog post, “The Color Thesaurus.” The color thesaurus that the author created gives visual meaning to words and provides inspiration and, surprisingly enough, classification.

Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the taxonomy subject area. In this instance, it just happens to be colors. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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