Recently, our own Bob Kasenchak, Director of Product Development at Access Innovations, was interviewed by PLOS Staff Researcher, Elizabeth Seiver, on her podcast in the episode titled, Building Taxonomies: An interview featuring Bob Kasenchak.

In today’s digital age, it’s important to be able to sift through a lot of content and find what you’re looking for. With all of the information out there, how do you organize and curate the content to make it discoverable? Bob talked about how taxonomies work and some of their different applications in scholarly publishing and beyond. You can listen to the entire podcast here.

It may seem like an elementary question to ask “what are taxonomies” but there are people on a daily basis learning about taxonomies for the first time.

Taxonomies do not belong to one science or interest. They can be applied anywhere from a grocery store to plant anatomy. The power of a taxonomy is in achieving findability in data. Even in topics of little to no interest, there are applications for the science of taxonomy. The important thing to remember is 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

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.