So, You Are Going to Build a Taxonomy – Don’t Tell Me it’s in Excel
I am not knocking those who have probably painstakingly built an organizational taxonomy in Excel. I highly respect them. They are also way ahead of the curve, as they understand what a taxonomy is supposed to do. And it works. But I would hope these people have proved to their management teams that automating the task might be a more productive use of their time?
For most people, the requirements of a taxonomy have moved beyond an Excel spreadsheet. Taxonomies typically don’t act independently, and other software, such as semantic metadata generation – just to be different, we call it compound term processing – and auto-classification are products that would work in tandem with a taxonomy. With an abundance of content, a key component is the ability to rapidly adapt to change while still maintaining metadata and linkages. The Holy Grail is achieving a single source of truth.
Taxonomy structure is automatically altered as new terms, concepts, and relationships are found within the corpus of content. Administrators can then manage new terms and concepts as needed, by viewing the context in which the term or phrase was found. The long-term result is an enterprise metadata repository that can be used across an organization, to improve any application or process that requires metadata.
Do you have an enterprise metadata repository? Was it built with a taxonomy? Why or why not?
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