Taxonomies have been around for as long as people had the need to organize information. Normally associated with plants and animals, it is the branch of science concerned with classification. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) brought us in this information in their article, “Taxonomies’ Impact on Data Reliability and Use.”
A good taxonomy delivers information quickly and effectively as possible. It perfects the process of findability. Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data.
While terminology related to a specific topic – like human resources – may seem clear-cut, there is often variation in the use of these terms not only between organizations, but also within organizations.
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.
Melody K. Smith
Sponsored by Access Innovations, changing search to found.