In the United States it is Thanksgiving. That means gratitude, family and food. The iconic dish is roasted turkey and it is accompanied by all the side dishes (which personally, I find to be the real stars of the show).

Even in holiday food there are classifications. And to tickle my tendency towards the odd taxonomy I found these and thought I’d share with my fellow bibliophiles (and those OCD-leaning peeps).

This first one is more than a play with classifications, it is also a board game. Just another one of my favorite things.

It is actually a fun Thanksgiving speech therapy game using synonyms and antonyms, analogies and categories. It reminds me of spelling bees and vocabulary quizzes in school. This could be a fun task to engage after the heavy meal.

The other one is a plant taxonomy for an alternative vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. By creating classifications and alternatives to traditional foods, it shows the reach of a controlled vocabulary.

In real-life business applications, a controlled vocabulary is needed to ensure that the machine-assisted or fully automated indexing is comprehensive, regardless of what you are indexing. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, changing search to found.