A solid digital asset management (DAM) system is designed to make finding your digital files easily. This happens with a taxonomy, built to organize and index content. This interesting topic came to us from MarTech in their article, “Getting off on the right foot with DAM.

Taxonomy is the data structure on which a DAM must be built to make assets findable through searching and filtering. Therefore, taxonomy design is the first priority in the implementation of a DAM system.

It is common for companies to have shared internal network structures that facilitate file storage. The main purpose of a taxonomy is to ease navigation. A controlled vocabulary is not the only tool for navigation, but it is one that you will use most often. Think of a taxonomy as a map book or a map application on a smartphone. A taxonomy is the instructions that guides users to the ultimate destination from point A to point B.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.