Taxonomy Strategies is an information management consultancy that specializes in applying taxonomies, metadata, automatic classification, and other information retrieval technologies to the needs of business.

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Taxonomy Strategies is based in Washington, DC. Founded by information scientists who met at Metacode Technologies, a start-up company that built the MetaTagger automated categorization solution acquired by Interwoven in 2001, Taxonomy Strategies has been involved in projects for government agencies including development of the content model for the official portal of the U.S. government, and for international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund. A third area of leadership has been work on e-commerce merchandising taxonomies to enable cross-selling, up-selling and personalization by category rather than item.

Read Joseph Busch’s Foreword to the Second edition of The Accidental Taxonomist by Heather Hedden.

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See some short videos that are part of a course on Information Architecture taught by Bob Boiko at the University of Washington:

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Play Straits Knowledge podcast “Taxonomy Development Process Case Studies” [Streaming Video] with Joseph Busch (Taxonomy Strategies’ Founder) presenting case studies that illustrate different taxonomy development methods.

Play Podcast [MP3] in which Lisa Welchman (a leading expert on digital governance) and Joseph Busch define the terms “taxonomy” and “metadata”, and provide advice on advancing taxonomy efforts in your organization.

Read about Busch’s golden law of facets, named for Joseph Busch (Taxonomy Strategies’ Founder), described in Steve Papas’ article “The Faceted Navigation and Search Revolution” [PDF] originally published in KM World (April 2006)

Download Taxonomy Strategies 2016 holiday card. Ice on American Hornbeam trees in Washington, D.C. Photo by: Joseph Busch (December 17, 2016).

Read The Semantic Puzzle blog post “American Physical Society Taxonomy – Case Study” about Taxonomy Strategies’ work to develop a new faceted classification scheme.

Taxonomy Strategies Presentations

  • The 11th U.S. Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop

    Organized by Joseph Busch (Taxonomy Strategies), Gail Hodge (Information International Associates) and Marcia Zeng (Kent State University) at DC-2017 in Crystal City, VA on October 28, 2017.

  • What Research and Theory Inspires IA/UX, and How Can this Change Behavior and Help Make a Political and Humanitarian Difference?

    Panel discussion with Dave Cooksey (Elsevier), Ren Pope (Industrial Medium), Stacy Surla (ICF International), Thomas Vander Wal and Lisa Welchman, moderated by Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Annual Meeting in Crystal City, VA on October 31, 2017 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

  • Taxonomy and SEO Tactics

    Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Taxonomy Bootcamp in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 2017.

  • AI vs. Automation: The Current State of Automated Content Tagging

    Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Text Analytics Forum in Washington, DC on November 8, 2017.

  • AI vs. Automation: The Newest Technologies for Automatic Tagging

    Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies keynote talk at Taxonomy Bootcamp in London on October 17, 2017.

Archive of presentations from previous years.

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