MDR, a division of Dun & Bradstreet, has put together a database of 140,000 District Influencers. This enhances its school district staff taxonomy to reflect the relationship between top level decision makers and the support staff that often have an influential role in advising and informing senior staff on key decisions. This interesting information came to us from PR Web in their article, “New and Enhanced Education Data Products From MDR Provide Organizations With More Ways to Successfully Connect With Schools.”

This unique use of taxonomy provides a classification by authority levels and makes it possible to forge stronger, more productive relationships at the district level.

A taxonomy is typically a controlled vocabulary with a hierarchical structure, with the understanding that there are different definitions of a hierarchy. Taxonomies are often displayed as a tree structure. Controlled vocabularies are used to ensure consistent indexing. They do not necessarily have any structure or relationships between terms within the list.

It is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy and its role in the search process. How the 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 has extensive experience in constructing taxonomies and can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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