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 Green Chameleon Straits Knowledge video podcast “Taxonomy Development Process Case Studies” with Joseph Busch talking about different methods of taxonomy development.

Download CMSAdvisor Podcast “Part 2” [MP3] in which Lisa Welchman (WelchmanPierpoint’s Founding Partner) and Joseph Busch (Taxonomy Strategies’ Founder) 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 2015 holiday card. Shells, rocks and grasses on Carradale Point in Kintyre, Scotland. Photo by: Joseph Busch (July 8, 2015).

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

  • Conducting Taxonomy Validation: Healthcare Example

    Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Taxonomy Bootcamp in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2016.

  • Seeing Clearly: Using the Taxonomy Lens to Help Align Your Stuff

    Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies and Ari Kramer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, at the Gilbane Digital Content Conference in Boston, MA on November 29-30, 2016.

  • Save the Children Resource Libraries: Aligning Internal Technical Resource Libraries with a Public Distribution Website

    Joseph Busch and Branka Kosovac, Taxonomy Strategies, and Katie Konrad and Martin Svensson, Save the Children Sweden, at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications in Copenhagen on October 13-16, 2016.

  • CANCELLED: Taxonomy Workshop

    Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Regional Meeting at OCLC Conference Center in Dublin, OH on August 9, 2016.

  • Seeing Clearly: Using the Taxonomy Lens to Align Your Stuff [Poster]

    Ari Kramer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at the IA Summit in Atlanta, GA on May 6-8, 2016.

Archive of presentations from previous years.

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