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Practical Approaches to Developing and Managing Vocabularies for Digital Information

Edited By

Helen Lippell

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ISBN 9781783304813
Published April 28, 2022 by Facet Publishing
224 Pages

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Book Description

Taxonomies have become more widely-understood and used in the last decade as organisations seek to manage and exploit their information. The rise in understanding of the potential of semantic models has also led to an increase in demand for controlled vocabularies and ontology models. While education in classification and categorisation is becoming more and more mature, it does not necessarily prepare taxonomists for the everyday realities of working with stakeholders, sponsors and systems so that their taxonomies remain useful and relevant.

Taxonomies: Practical Approaches to Developing and Managing Vocabularies for Digital Information is a curated anthology of expert-contributed chapters and case studies that cover the wide range of ways in which taxonomies are used in digital applications including the web, enterprise systems and libraries. The book brings together experts from a range of disciplines to provide realworld insights on how to build and implement a taxonomy in an organisation. The book will cover everything a working taxonomist - whether they’re an inhouse resource or a consultant - needs to consider, including business buy-in; working on a project team; choosing software; governance and maintenance and the wider societal dimensions of choosing categories and terminology.

Table of Contents


Heather Hedden


Helen Lippell

Part 1: Getting Started

1. Business Buy-in and Scoping

Maura Moran

2. Choosing Taxonomy Software

Joyce van Aalten

Part 2: Building Taxonomies

3. Taxonomy Structuring and Scaling: A Standardised Approach

Jonathan Engel

4. The Diversity of Terms: Respecting Culture and Avoiding Bias

Bharat Dayal Sharma

5. Relationships, Hierarchies and Semantics

Bob Kasenchak

6. User Testing and Validation

Tom Alexander

7. Taxonomy and Vocabulary Interoperability

Yonah Levenson

8. Everything that Will Go Wrong in your Taxonomy Project

Ed Vald

Part 3: Applications

9. Enterprise Search

Michele Jenkins

10. Taxonomy and Digital Asset Management

Sara James and Jeremy Bright

11. Powering Structured Content with Taxonomies

Rahel Anne Bailie

12. Information Architecture and E-commerce

Margaret Hanley

Part 4: Business Adoption

13. Implementing Taxonomies and Metadata: Lessons from a Busy Newsroom

Annette Feldman

14. Taxonomy Governance

Cynthia Knowles

15. Taxonomy Maintenance

Helen Challinor

16. The Taxonomist's Role in a Development Team

Jo Kent

Appendix A: Metadata Template to Capture Taxonomy Term Diversity

Bharat Dayal Sharma

Appendix B: Semantics: Some Basic Ontological Principles

Bob Kasenchak

Appendix C: Metadata Model Template

Yonah Levenson


Bob Kasenchak and Helen Lippell

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Helen Lippell is an independent information professional and consultant who focuses on helping organisations organise their content and data. She designs information architectures, metadata schemas, ontologies, taxonomies and semantic models to help companies fully exploit the value of their "stuff". Helen has worked for a wide range of clients in different sectors, including the BBC, Metropolitan Police and Pearson and is a regular speaker on taxonomies, ontologies and other knowledge model frameworks.