Both digital taxonomists and cataloging librarians employ knowledge management and organization based on the same information science theories, but the applications and environments in which they work vary widely. This interesting topic came to us from Medium in their article, “What is a Digital Taxonomist and How Do You Know if You Need One?“
All the information on the internet needs to be organized. Information professionals have long been those responsible for categorizing, labeling, cataloging, and organizing information. Their best tools are hierarchies of categories used to classify information called taxonomies.
Digital taxonomists’ primary role is to create and maintain taxonomies and metadata systems that enable efficient information retrieval and enhance users’ experiences. They design and develop hierarchical or faceted taxonomies that categorize and organize digital content, such as documents, images, videos, and web pages. These taxonomies help users navigate and search for specific information effectively.
Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.
Melody K. Smith
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