It is always interesting to me when I find taxonomies of interesting and unusual topics. Even if they aren’t true taxonomies, they are typically classifications of some form or another, and they provide information, which is, after all, the goal. The latest find: Gizmodo recently published “A Taxonomy Of Hip Coffee Shop Names.”

We have come a long way from Central Perk in the 1990s sitcom Friends. Though it is easily one of the strongest catalysts for the genre, the creativity applied to coffee shop names continue to amuse and amaze the masses.

This particular classification focuses on coffee shops in London, but I doubt that it is much different from any major American city.  It breaks the naming structure down by type, beans, brewing, socialism, and more. Everything from Dark Fluid to Milk Bath to Butter Beans.

There is value in classification. True taxonomies can help manage big data by providing a solid standards-based taxonomy to index against. The results are comprehensive and consistent search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies because of consistency.

Melody K. Smith

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