Classification influences many parts of our lives. For example, classifying students in special education programs as autistic has increased three hundred percent from 2000 to 2010 in the United States. Perspective is key here, as a huge portion of these students would have been diagnosed with another condition or disorder. In other words, they were reclassified, they weren’t new to the total. Neuroscience News brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Reclassifying Intellectual Disabilities Accounts for Rise in Autism Diagnoses.”

When it comes to a classification system, it is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy and its role in the search process. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Access Innovations has extensive experience in constructing taxonomies for academic publishers, and 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.