Just in time for New Year’s, we have compiled a list of 10 reasons for companies to resolve to create a taxonomy for their business in 2011.Because many businesses are unsure about how a taxonomy could benefit them, we believe offering some actual examples will be useful.
1. Searches on your website or database yield an avalanche of irrelevant returns. If you’re interested in string, a taxonomy associated with indexing software can help you filter out string cheese, string quartets, and string theory. It can also help sort out uses of Java as coffee, software, or an island.
2. Every person or department uses a different term, even though they’re all talking about the same thing. Your coworkers can’t find the company policy for the Fourth (or Fifth, or Sixth) of July, because it’s tagged as Independence Day? An enterprise taxonomy can get all of you searching the same language, if not talking it.
3. You know there’s a perfect search term for what you’re looking for, but you can’t remember it. With a taxonomy, you can browse from a general category to more specific levels. It’s like glancing through a book’s table of contents: “Section 4 looks interesting. So does Chapter 4.3. Aha, I’ve got to read Subchapter 4.3.2!”
- In the beginning was the word: the evolution of knowledge organisation (digitalassetmanagement.org.uk)
- Is There Garbage Floating in Your Ocean of Knowledge? Reader Beware (digitalassetmanagement.org.uk)
- Trends in Knowledge Management (digitalassetmanagement.org.uk)
- Brown Bag Lunch: An Intrepid Guide to Ontologies (digitalassetmanagement.org.uk)