You know my fascination with unique taxonomies and classifications. This past week, we lost a cultural icon in David Bowie’s death. So I consider this latest find a treasure. Vulture brought this one to us in their article, “A Taxonomy of David Bowie’s Many Personas and Their Many Imitators.”

David Bowie’s musical influence has cast a large shadow ever since he broke out as a “out of the box” pop star with his 1972 classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. However, he was not just a key player in alternative music. He was a true artist in fashion, art, and life. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Bowie would appreciate this attempt at classifying his many different persona.

As with Bowe, a strong standards-based taxonomy is one with true integrity. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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