Cognition is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and it is usually associated with rote memory. This is usually explained simply as knowing who, what, where, and when. But factual knowledge is not the only knowledge that is beneficial to know. The Manilla Times brought this news to us in their article “The taxonomy of knowledge.”

The literature on the taxonomy of knowledge varies in terminology to describe the structure or type of knowledge. These attempts at classification/categorization vary because of the variety of qualities and properties of knowledge.

Classifications describe knowledge as generic or domain-specific, concrete or abstract, formal or informal, declarative or proceduralized, conceptual or procedural, elaborated or compiled, unstructured or structured, tacit or inert, strategic, or situated or meta-knowledge. The differences in classification stem from, like so many things, perspective.

How any content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations 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.