Taxonomies are a way to organize and categorize data. Taxonomy also has a big role to play when it comes to the end user finding the right file or other resource they are seeking. In fact, the way your data is organized also affects download speed and can be a source of frustration and a black hole for your images and videos in digital asset management (DAM) systems. Taxonomies are very important. This interesting topic came to our attention from MarTech in their article, “The importance of governance for digital asset management.”

What is the right way to organize data so that your DAM taxonomy works for you and not against you? It depends on many factors, like what you are used to and how many and what kind of assets you are looking to store. With the right approach, the results can be easily located.

Central to a DAM system is the tagging of assets so that they can be readily retrieved. Tagging needs to be done consistently, and according to the taxonomy. In order to understand a tagging structure when it comes to taxonomies, we need to understand how metadata works together with taxonomy. A taxonomy organizes information and metadata describes it. It is that simple.

Melody K. Smith

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