Just as taxes have always been with people, so too have taxonomies. Like dealing with taxes, taxonomy management is an evolving process that never ends. Taxonomy project teams often look to specialized tools as a panacea. On several recent projects in different businesses sectors, the author has heard "taxonomy" proposed as part of a hoped-for solution to counter the collective sigh about the cost and difficulty of finding electronic files. Taxonomy software is growing more sophisticated and expensive, and few programs promise that the effort you've invested in spreadsheets can be reused. Sadly, just as there is no going back to simpler practices in tax preparation, there is no panacea for managing information overload.
ROBERT BOERI info insider It’s TAXonomy planning starts with spreadsheets, yet these efforts alone do not consider the broader need for a planned and governed categorization process, covering the subtleties of different views Time of findability: social tagging, synonym development, and graphical views of hierarchical categories expressed as folder “trees.” Those taxonomy trees keep growing too, and they need to be pruned and managed continuously. n April, when this column is printed, Americans will be Taxonomy project teams often look to specialized tools as a i engaged in the annual ritual of calculating and paying state and federal taxes. Although tax activity is most intense in April, we all pay taxes daily in many forms, such as sales tax. Just panacea. However, taxonomy software is growing more sophisticated and expensive, and few programs promise that the effort you’ve invested in spreadsheets can be reused. Unlike as taxes have always been with us, so too have taxonomies. Like TurboTax, which can import annual brokerage statements, dealing with taxes, taxonomy management is an evolving process taxonomy tools sometimes advertise “text” import or XML, that never ends. There are many definitions of “taxonomy,” but which is like asking what language a book is written in and being I view them as merely the various ways we categorize and told “text and numbers.” manage groups of things so we can find them, whether they’re To confirm my belief about taxonomy trends, I spoke with dishes in a cupboard or scrolls in the ancient library of Alexandria. representatives of two leading taxonomy consulting and product On several recent projects in different businesses sectors, I’ve vendors, Earley & Associates and SchemaLogic. I spoke with Seth heard “taxonomy” proposed as part of a hoped-for solution to Earley, founder and president of Earley & Associates (whose firm counter the collective sigh about the cost and difficulty of finding purchased the taxonomy tool Wordmap), and Carol Hert, Ph.D., electronic files. I recently asked members of a taxonomy chief taxonomist and consultant for SchemaLogic, Inc. Details are discussion group whether they believe interest in taxonomies is on my blog (http://contentcurmudgeon.blogspot.com), but two growing, and to a person, they all insisted it was. Infor
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