Understanding taxonomies and how they are used can be challenging, depending on the context and audience. The Accidental Taxonomist brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Taxonomy Definition.”

Taxonomy is the science of classification – a basic means of understanding the world around us. Creating information order and structure is what a taxonomy is all about. Classifying documents and information against the taxonomy increases the likelihood of document discoverability and creating a positive transaction. A taxonomy, at its most basic, is a more structured version of a controlled vocabulary. A controlled vocabulary is needed to ensure that the machine-assisted or fully automated indexing is comprehensive, regardless of what you are indexing.

A taxonomy may have two main features (naming and structure), but a taxonomy and a classification system are not necessarily the same.

Data Harmony is Access Innovations’ artificial intelligence suite of tools leveraging 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. Whether you need to upgrade your existing taxonomy or create one from scratch, we work with you on a taxonomy and thesaurus package that meets your needs. We classify your data within the context of your particular industry and unique data situation, so that the enriched content can be used for analysis and a deeper understanding of your knowledge base.

Melody K. Smith

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