According to an Indiana judge, tacos and burritos are sandwiches. You might be wondering why this is news on a taxonomy blog, but maybe not. If there was a taxonomy of sandwiches, would these food items make the cut? This interesting and humorous topic came to our attention from Fox News in their article, “It’s official: Tacos and burritos are Mexican-style sandwiches, an Indiana judge rules.”

I asked ChatGPT for a taxonomy of sandwiches and it included tortillas in the bread category. Interesting.

A quick Google search for a taxonomy of sandwiches and I found this interesting blogpost – Sandwich Taxonomy. Ironically, it started with the same question we have and ended with no answers.

The New York Times tackled this subject a few years ago in their article, “A Field Guide to the
American Sandwich
.” Their findings did not include a tortilla being part of any sandwich.

Who has the final word?

Disagreements among subject matter experts (SMEs) regarding taxonomy decisions are not uncommon, especially in complex domains where there may be multiple valid perspectives. It is important to schedule periodic reviews to assess the effectiveness of the taxonomy and make adjustments as necessary based on feedback and evolving needs.

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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