1st Edition

Taxonomies Practical Approaches to Developing and Managing Vocabularies for Digital Information

Edited By Helen Lippell Copyright 2022
    224 Pages
    by Facet Publishing

    224 Pages
    by Facet Publishing

    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.


    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


    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.