Access Innovations, Inc. is proud to announce the publication of The Taxobook, a three-volume series on taxonomies and thesauri, written by Marjorie M.K. Hlava, president of Access Innovations. The three volumes are part of a larger series, Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services, edited by Gary Marchionini, Dean of the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

Volume 1, The Taxobook: History, Theories, and Concepts of Knowledge Organization, introduces the foundations of classification, covering theories from the ancient Greek philosophers to modern thinkers. This volume also includes a glossary that covers all three volumes.

Volume 2, The Taxobook: Principles and Practices of Taxonomy Construction, outlines the basic principles of creation and maintenance of taxonomies and thesauri. It also provides step-by-step instructions for building a taxonomy or thesaurus and discusses the various ways to get started on a taxonomy construction project.

Volume 3, The Taxobook: Applications, Implementation, and Integration in Search, covers putting taxonomies into use in as many ways as possible to maximize retrieval for users.

“This book has been a labor of love for me,” said Ms. Hlava. “I believe firmly in the value of taxonomies and their place within information systems, and I have wanted to share my thoughts with a larger audience for some time. I hope these books will contribute to a better understanding of the different ways taxonomies can be implemented and why information management professionals should embrace them.”

“Margie Hlava’s lectures on taxonomy pack a lifetime of experience creating vocabularies for corporations and organizations into narrative and case studies that will delight researchers and teachers and inspire students,” remarked Gary Marchionini. “Her love of language and organizational structure comes through in every chapter of the work.”

“It is our pleasure to have Margie Hlava as a Morgan & Claypool author!” commented Diane Cerra of Morgan & Claypool. “She and her Access Innovations team have made a much needed contribution to our publishing program, and to the community at large. These volumes will serve practitioners for many years to come. In addition, Margie and her group are a joy to work with: a personable, responsible, and responsive team that enabled us to quickly produce this collection.”

The books are available through Morgan & Claypool Publishers in either online or print format.


About Access Innovations, Inc. –,,

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation, and semantic integration. Access Innovations’ Data Harmony software includes automatic indexing, thesaurus management, an XML Intranet System (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs. Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments, and corporate clients throughout the world.