Taxonomies exist to increase findability of data. By establishing a consistent classification of terms for any industry, access to and quality of the data found is exponentially better. This is true regardless of the line of business. This interesting topic came to us from Vogue Business in their article, “Taxonomy is the new fashion-tech essential.”

The challenge of search and recommending products online is increasingly being solved with data science as online retailers compete on personalization. Anyone who shops online at all has experienced the result of this taxonomy work. The familiar, “if you like this, you might also like this” style of marketing is utilized across most online retail platforms. And, it works.

Findability works only when a proper taxonomy is in place. Indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. 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.