Taxonomies provide hierarchical categorization and classification of not only content, but also products and brands represented in online directories and product catalogs. Taxonomies do not belong to one science or interest. They can be applied anywhere from a grocery store to plant anatomy. The power of a taxonomy is in achieving findability in data.

In today’s digital age, it’s important to be able to sift through a lot of content and find what you’re looking for. With all of the information out there, how do you organize and curate the content to make it discoverable?

Taxonomy management is the first step in achieving structured knowledge and data management based on a semantic framework. These frameworks can be the building blocks for intelligent search platforms, virtual assistants, enterprise-wide content and knowledge hubs. Taxonomies improve user search because they form the basis for complex search vectors, including precisely describing the context of specific terms by bundling synonymous terms. In the end, users in turn are given more relevant, personalized search results.

controlled vocabulary is a way to insert an interpretive layer of semantics between the terms entered by the user and the underlying database to better represent the original intention of the user’s terms. The most effective communication occurs when all parties involved agree on the meaning of the terms being used. Consequently, finding the right words to communicate the message of your website can be one of the most difficult parts of developing it.

Taxonomies can help connect the dots to understand how your information is structured and build a strong foundation for search platforms that can retrieve results based on these connected dots. Having a structured taxonomy in combination with text mining capabilities helps machines understand connections and hierarchies between all of your data.

The important thing to remember is a strong standards-based taxonomy is one with true integrity. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Data Harmony is Access Innovations’ artificial intelligence (AI) suite of tools that leverage explainable AI for efficient, innovative and precise semantic discovery of new and emerging concepts to help find the information you need when you need it.

Melody K. Smith

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