Taxonomy is about naming and classifying. That can be animals, minerals, music or even genres of literature. This interesting information came to us from The Collation in their article, “What’s in a genre? Metadata, Controlled Vocabularies, and the Folger’s Digital Anthology.

Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy, created the system we use today. Categories of classification can be as broad or minimal as the creator desires. Obviously the findability of data increases in both speed and depth when careful consideration is given to genres and hierarchy.

True taxonomies can help manage 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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