Anyone who has built a true, solid standards-based taxonomy knows you can go down that rabbit hole with ease never to be seen again. This isn’t to disparage taxonomies by any means, but a true taxonomy is complex and comprehensive. This interesting information came from Free Pint in their article, “From Taxonomy to Visualisation… the NewsEdge Way.”

Subject matter experts understand where I am coming from. They also would likely agree that taking a visual approach might make a taxonomy more approachable and less overwhelming. The early cave paintings depicted actual celestial events. Language has been symbolic from the beginning. This approach feeds that part of our brain that wants more than numbers and words. It feeds the dimensional parts of our vision and other senses all the while, providing valuable and usable data.

Melody K. Smith

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