A taxonomy is the spinal cord of any enterprise system. It provides the map to make your content findable in a quick and efficient manner. This also applies to your digital asset management (DAM) system. This interesting information came to us from CMS Wire in their article, “5 Signs Your Taxonomy Needs a DAM Update.”

A DAM system stores your digital assets and the taxonomy classifies them for management and findability. Like many things over time, an update is needed. As your taxonomy decays, it can exact a painful tax on your organization’s brand consistency, efficiency and engagement with DAM.

There is an art and science to organizing terms and terminology, i.e. taxonomy. Granted, taxonomies need technology to become active and provide value, but up to now taxonomies haven’t been the sexiest value-add to an information management system product feature list. Information management systems are still trying to catch up to taxonomies.

It has never been more important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy and its role in the search process. 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.