What are taxonomies and why are they
A taxonomy is a fancy term for a keyword list, subject / topic
list, a common vocabulary - essentially any list of terms that a
group of people agree to use when referring to a set of items.
A directory is a type of taxonomy. For example, the Yahoo Directory.
Library of Congress Subject Headings comprise a taxonomy. Any time
you have made a selection from a drop down list of choices, you
have picked a term from a taxonomy.
For many of us, the most important taxonomies, or sets of categories,
are those which define the sections of a website [which can often
be seen most clearly on the site map] and those which help retrieve
information from databases.
A taxonomy is worthless if not set up properly. Terms must be chosen
with care. Cross-references may be necessary. Information professionals
are trained to work with your staff and subject specialists to create
a term list that will work successfully for you. Contact
D. L. Cohen Information Services for further information.
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