Ian Matzen from America’s Test Kitchen – home of the well known television show and foodie paradise – spoke to the Data Harmony Users Group (#DHUG2016) about their experience working with Access Innovations on consultation and refinement of their thesaurus.

America’s Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Their mission is to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. They test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until they arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe. This requires research, time and data – lots of data.

This particular client focused on the user in each step of the process. Using user stories to build a user-centric design to make the taxonomy a valuable and used part of their digital asset management (DAM) system.

How the content is classified impacts the findability of data. Professionals should look for a group experienced in solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing – just like America’s Test Kitchen did in partnering with Access Innovations to provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Note: The original text of this note misrepresented our work with America’s Test Kitchen. The original stated that we built their thesaurus, when actually we performed consultation and refinement of their existing work. The text has been amended to reflect this.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.