“Organizing data to inform mission judgments by providing associated content helps us examine problems in order to mitigate risk and become a proactive, learning enterprise. This allows each mission to build on the missions that have come before. This is the foundation architecture for a true NASA knowledge base”

– Jayne Dutra, Enterprise Information Architect, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Clients

Taxonomy Strategies provides specialized consulting services to help organizations arrange their information for its most effective use. This section includes brief descriptions of recent projects.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Taxonomy Optimization

Assessed the Health Information and Technology Research Center (HITRC) portal information architecture and taxonomy and made recommendations for improvements.


Product Taxonomy

Revised the existing product taxonomy, identified an optimum set of attributes to support flexible product merchandising and worked to expose the new taxonomy on the public website to improve search, navigation and increase sales.


Content Taxonomy

Taxonomy Strategies developed a maintainable organization-wide taxonomy and supported the Alliance website redesign.


Allstate Insurance
Taxonomy Workshop

Prepared and facilitated a taxonomy development process workshop.


Alticor
Enterprise Taxonomy

Helped to define the business requirements and prepare a roadmap for an enterprise content management (ECM) system.


Content Taxonomy

Developed and validated a content taxonomy for the Business Law Section to be used to enable improved management and findability from their content library.


Content Taxonomy

Taxonomy Strategies developed and validated a content taxonomy as part of implementing a digital strategy for the intermediary channel.


American Legal Media
Content Taxonomy

Conducted a business taxonomy workshop with ALM stakeholders to identify the benefits of sharing information sources across products and information services, and how information should be structured to optimize information re-use.


Search Optimization

Formulated and implemented a metadata management and Autonomy search optimization strategy that improves the discoverability of content through site search and supports implicit content targeting through LiveSite.


Content Taxonomy

Developed PhySH (Physics Subject Headings), a new facetted classification scheme to support the APS editorial processes that is backward compatible with the legacy content categorization scheme, and is extensible and scalable to support new information services.


American Society of Civil Engineers
Content Taxonomy

Designed the metadata specification, and built out and validated a taxonomy to improve ASCE web operations management.


Baker Hughes
Enterprise Taxonomy

Worked with five Baker Hughes divisions to develop a consensus around three common vocabularies to demonstrate the feasibility and value of an enterprise taxonomy. Recommendations were provided on how to integrate the taxonomy with the content management system, portal and search engine environments.


Bank for International Settlements
Taxonomy Strategy

Developed a metadata and categorization strategy, validated the initial controlled vocabulary for the categorization scheme, developed a categorization governance strategy, and oversaw the implementation of the categorization scheme within the new Documentum document management processes.


Product Taxonomy

Revised the top level navigation and product categories taxonomy to reflect current product category changes and absorb new product areas, developed the taxonomy maintenance and governance processes, and responded to ongoing requests for changes to the product taxonomy.


BHP Billiton
Taxonomy Strategy

Provided general advice on what taxonomies might be needed, how these taxonomies should be developed, tools that are needed to develop these taxonomies, and methods for using them given the current corporate information management environment.


Blue Shield of California
Taxonomy Roadmap

Developed a multi-phased enterprise taxonomy roadmap which laid out content projects over time, and content classification facets to be developed to support those projects.


Blue Shield of California
Enterprise Taxonomy Strategy

Developed a multi-phased enterprise taxonomy roadmap which laid out content projects over time, and content classification facets to be developed to support those projects.


Personalization

Helped define the site’s functionality for personalization, and the metadata and taxonomy specification for the website page types.


Taxonomy Strategy

Developed the content strategy, search strategy and taxonomy categories for HR California, an employment law portal built with SharePoint 2010.


Campbell Soup Company
Taxonomy Roadmap

Identified and prioritized facets for an enterprise taxonomy that would be most widely useful across the organization as a taxonomy roadmap. Provided advice on governance processes required for effective change management, maintenance, and extension of the taxonomy.


Capital One
Enterprise Content Management

Defined and validated use cases with business users, then developed and tested metadata models and taxonomy outlines to support enterprise document management initiatives using the OpenText platform.


Capital One
Enterprise Content Management

Worked on developing a taxonomy strategy for the Enterprise Customer Management group for use with an Interwoven content management application, and defined the governance model for maintaining it.


CAPS Research
Taxonomy Strategy

Provided advice on metadata, taxonomy, search, and navigation as part of the effort to implement the knowledgebase for the Global Research Center for Strategic Supply Management (now called Knowledge Central).


Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Enterprise Taxonomy

Is developing a taxonomy to support consumer searching across Medicare reimbursement enrollment databases, and related medical information resources.


Content Taxonomy

Worked with QualityNet stakeholders to build an enterprise taxonomy based on extended Dublin Core and existing vocabularies. Prepared training examples and taxonomy editorial rules, usage guidelines and change management recommendations.


Content Taxonomy

Determined, implemented and validated the appropriate metadata and tags (the taxonomy) for finding, using and sharing content in the CMS Federal Facilitated Exchanges (FFE) for health insurance (now healthcare.gov).


Content Taxonomy

Prepared enterprise-wide metadata and taxonomy recommendations for use in website re-design, intranet, and various document repositories.


Citizens Bank
Content Assessment

Prepared an assessment of Consumer Banking intranet, editorial and governance  guidelines, and a taxonomy and metadata framework for use with the consolidated Consumer Banking content.


Citizens Banks
Content Assessment

Prepared an assessment report that identified a prioritized set of content redesign, content rewriting and taxonomy and metadata improvements, and guidelines for implementing short term knowledgebase improvements; and provided some requirements and recommendations for the next generation knowledgebase platform.


Taxonomy Strategy

Completed a metadata mapping, and controlled vocabularies to support the metadata elements. Worked to ensure that the content management system implementation is metadata-driven to support the generation of common functions such as A-Z indexes and portals based on content filters like location. Provided a brief specification that describes how search functions should would work with metadata.


Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Content Assessment

Conducted audience and content analysis of internal and public content used by staff and recommended key attributes to be used for organizing agency information.


Creative Associates
Intranet Taxonomy

Developed, implemented and validated the metadata scheme and taxonomy tags for finding, using and sharing content in a SharePoint 2010 knowledge management portal to improve the organization’s performance.


Defense Intelligency Agency
Automated Categorization

Prepared recommended approach and functional specifications for automatic categorization system to organize current intelligence reports.


Intranet Taxonomy

Worked on a taxonomy enhancement project for Dell Salesedge, an internal sales rep support intranet.


Content Taxonomy

Worked on several projects related to developing a strong backend metadata structure for a new content management system, and worked on developing the user nomenclature for the Next Generation Dell.com.


Product Taxonomy

Worked with global e-business product managers and content editors using proprietary content management and publishing applications to standardize product and non-product content attributes so that they could be grouped for use in faceted navigation on the consumer and business websites.


Technical Requirements

Developed business requirements for a term management store including taxonomy workflow, governance, maintenance and other integration requirements with the current content management infrastructure.


Deloitte
Taxonomy Workshop

Developed a taxonomy workshop to work with a small group of stakeholders to develop the high-level taxonomy outline, and then to agree on an action plan to build out the detailed vocabularies for each major division or facet of the taxonomy.


Deloitte
Enterprise Taxonomy

Developed leadership recommendations for an enterprise taxonomy strategy, an action plan for short term improvements including input management and business process improvements, and a roadmap for future delivery methods and progress audit.


Deltek
Content Taxonomy

Facilitated taxonomy assessment and development tasks as part of a website redesign project.


Dick's Sporting Goods
Product Taxonomy

Developed product taxonomy and attributes plus navigation categories and strategy for prototypes used in moderated and unmoderated usability studies and A-B testing.


Enterprise Taxonomy

Developed the enterprise-wide taxonomy for tagging public and intranet website content for use with an Interwoven content management application, and defined the governance model for maintaining it.


Duke University Press
Taxonomy Workshop

Facilitated a stakeholder workshop to develop the design for a facetted content taxonomy that would support medium- and long-term business objectives.


Enterprise Taxonomy

Developed the agency-wide taxonomy for tagging epa.gov and intranet content for use with a Documentum enterprise content management application, trained content editors and librarians to tag content using the taxonomy, and created the governance model for maintaining the taxonomy. The taxonomy was used in a variety of EPA applications such as a search engine based on a customized version of Northern Light that uses the taxonomy to filter search results. EPA subsequently moved to a Drupal CMS and now uses the Google Search Appliance (GSA).


Product Taxonomy

Provided review and feedback on the product taxonomy assessment suggesting improvements to the proposed Etsy product categories and attributes.


Knowledge Management

Developed “Guidance Information for the Deployment of Dublin Core in Corporate Environments”, best practice guidelines on metadata and knowledge management through interviews and workshops with European and American companies.


Federal Aviation Administration
Metadata Schema

Developed an agency-wide metadata standard and faceted taxonomy for the FAA based on Dublin Core.


Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Content Assessment

Assessed the current state of the intranet by analyzing and evaluating the existing information architecture, metadata, and search, and recommended improvements based on the assessment and industry best practices.


Enterprise Taxonomy

Worked with an agency-wide taxonomy working group through a series of workshops to develop a faceted taxonomy for tagging public and intranet content. The taxonomy was validated by sorting popular query terms and evaluating tagging consistency by FDA staff. Change management and training materials were also prepared.


Forest Service
Metadata Schema

Conducted an agency-wide content audit using information retrieval spiders to systematically extract information and populate a metadata database.


Enterprise Taxonomy

Worked on the development of an enterprise taxonomy standard, overseeing an automated content categorization implementation using Interwoven MetaTagger services, and designing the governance processes for ongoing taxonomy maintenance.


Automated Categorization

Developed the content architecture for FirstGov (the official portal of the U.S. government, now USA.gov) including an XML content model, and metadata and vocabulary specifications to facilitate a reference implementation of a content management system application.


George Washington University
Enterprise Taxonomy

Developed an ECM taxonomy to provide the basis for a unified framework to manage, present, search for, and provide content services based on a Drupal platform.


Goldman Sachs
Document Classification

Developed a new document classification system that applied to content residing in legacy systems, but required significantly fewer document codes than currently in use to provide greater document findability using Autonomy IDOL and more efficient document coding and retrieval from a variety of document management system platforms.


Halliburton
Knowledge Management

Consolidated multiple taxonomies developed for separate product lines, and developed rules and procedures for applying the taxonomy to content and delivering it through a portal application.


Automated Categorization

Completed and optimized the publications catalog taxonomy, and provided guidance for re-tagging legacy content, integration with the product information management (PIM) system, website navigation and catalog search. Currently, the catalog search is used in the Harvard Business Review Store.


Health Sciences South Carolina
Content Taxonomy

Is facilitating the development of the metadata and taxonomy specification to support website tagging and publishing requirements.


Hewlett Packard
Intranet Taxonomy

Developed taxonomy roadmap with recommended subject metadata facets, recommended controlled vocabularies, and taxonomy governance procedures for the business to employee portal.


Product Taxonomy

Designed and user tested a new top-level product taxonomy, revised the existing product taxonomy to reflect the new top-level categories, identified the optimum set of attributes to support flexible product merchandising, worked with others to expose the new taxonomy on the public web site in order to improve search, navigation and increase sales, developed editorial rules for category names and designed the business process for changing the product taxonomy.


Enterprise Taxonomy

Conducted an enterprise taxonomy assessment and developed a recommended method to flexibly categorize scanning and mobility solutions.


Technical Requirements

Facilitated the working group that developed the PRISM, (Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata) specification, an extensible XML metadata standard used to automate workflow processes which facilitate multi-purposing, aggregating, syndicating, personalizing and post-processing of any type of content.


IFC/World Bank Group
Knowledge Management

Taxonomy Strategies was the project manager for the project to review the usability of the SmartLessons web site.


Inter-American Development Bank
Knowledge Management

Lead workshops to develop the vocabulary strategy for the Institutional Knowledge Repository.


International Monetary Fund
Enterprise Taxonomy

Worked with business and IT stakeholders using a workshop process to develop recommendations on how the IMF should manage Country-related Terminology, and to provide guidance on how to simplify the use of standard terminology in published documents and IT applications.


K12
Learning Management System

Developed the metadata specification and taxonomies for an e-learning content management system application profile. Prepared the content tagging plan, tagging guidelines, process guide for changing metadata and vocabularies, and training materials. Provided advice on building additional subject taxonomies for individual disciplines.


Kaiser Permanente
Document Classification

Developed an enterprise-wide document typology to support a HIPAA-compliant members’ benefits and clinical information services, validated the typology, and developed the governance processes for maintaining the scheme.


Kraft Foods
Digital Asset Management

Designed and facilitated stakeholder workshops and developed the metadata strategy for an enterprise digital asset management system.


Learn and Serve America
Taxonomy Strategy

Provided evaluation and coaching services to assist staff through the process of developing a new taxonomy for the National Service Learning Clearinghouse.


Library of Congress Congresssional Research Services
Content Architecture

Developed a data model and faceted taxonomy for legislative data; identified and mapped the data model to the legislative data sets; tested open source entity extraction tools against the legislative data sets; and assisted in the development of working prototypes to demonstrate a) data extraction from unstructured information using text analytics, b) associating metadata by querying across legislative data sets, and c) batch metadata management.


Product Taxonomy

Conducted an audit and analysis of product attributes, and then developed personalization attribute guidelines for a subset of the Macy’s.com product taxonomy for Women’s ready-to-wear.


Technology Planning

Worked with the Association to evaluate the current information processing and access environment, identify the key issues that need to be addressed, and develop tactical recommendations for short- and medium-term technical decisions that should be made to support the production and distribution of publications including the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal Watch.


Content Strategy

Conducted a content audit, created a content strategy brief and developed a content taxonomy for an enterprise web redesign project.


Taxonomy Review

Validated the design of a new taxonomy scheme, and advised on methods to populate the scheme, taxonomy management tools, automated categorization methods, and ongoing taxonomy governance.


Metadata Schema

Developed the taxonomy for Microsoft’s Next Generation Network, a new information architecture for serving up content dynamically on the third most visited website in the world. Designed and analyzed the results of a test of alternative website navigation schemes using task-based scenarios with microsoft.com website users.


Microsoft Education
Learning Management System

Helped establish and review the high-level requirements for the learning objects collection as well as Microsoft’s overall objectives for the Education Community products; and defined the appropriate metadata structure and taxonomy to meet those requirements and objectives.


Motorola Semiconductor (now Freescale)
Taxonomy Strategy

Prepared metadata and taxonomy recommendations to develop and support a content supply chain.


Content Taxonomy

Facilitated a workshop to refine the editorial methodology for identifying tags, and grouping and structuring categories to agree on a high-level taxonomy for MTV News.


My Wire
Taxonomy Review

Reviewed content classification system for this (now defunct) content aggregation start-up, and made recommendations on how to improve and maintain it.


NASA
Enterprise Taxonomy

Reviewed Goddard Space Flight Center taxonomies, and their potential for integration into the NASA Taxonomy.


Enterprise Taxonomy

Completed a classification scheme that encompasses all of NASA web content and provided three specializations for internal and external portal projects. The taxonomy was then refined and standard formats were developed to support its use. The NASA Taxonomy website was built to provide access to the taxonomy. A number of websites have been built using the NASA Taxonomy including one which provides access to multiple document repositories including technical reports, lessons learned, and mission documentation using the Seamark engine. A governance structure was developed and framework developed to make the Taxonomy a NASA standard.


Content Taxonomy

Identified and prioritized facets for a web taxonomy based on previous taxonomy and user experience work, prepared a high-level taxonomy and vetted it with an internal taxonomy working group, designed a test of the taxonomy approach using task-based scenarios with realtors.org website users, and developed the process to maintain the taxonomy with a light weight governance model.


Terminology Standardization

Prepared a white paper on the current state of practice regarding standardization of terminology and categorization schemes for transportation information. This paper became Part 1 of NCHRP Report 754.


National Science Foundation
Learning Management System

Developed requirements to acquire and stand up a taxonomy management tool to enable aggregation and disaggregation of survey data collected and published by the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).


Content Taxonomy

Built an intuitive information architecture foundation and powerful taxonomy and metadata design to support new growth opportunities of the business, and to provide customers with an intuitive and efficient way to explore content related to the broad selection of sports, products and marketing to be used with its Adobe CQ5 content management system.


Nikon Precision
Technical Documentation

Conducted an assessment of the global corporate taxonomy strategy for Nikon’s primary technical documentation systems and software.


NuSkin
Master Data Management

Facilitated a workshop to assist the data governance working group in the development of a Nu Skin SKU Taxonomy strategy to be implemented as part of a Master Data Management program.


Occidental Petroleum
Intranet Taxonomy

Developed an intranet taxonomy to support migration of OxyNet to Microsoft SharePoint 2010. With the distributed content management enabled by this SharePoint implementation, the taxonomy supports content search and the uniform definition of content for efficient processes that enable dynamic content delivery.


Business Planning

Developed recommendations for a new business model for the Dewey Decimal Classification.


Business Planning

Developed outreach template to lobby software vendors to implement support for Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.


Product Taxonomy

Built a taxonomy that reflected Oracle’s product and service offerings, that could be used to automatically identify application and technology bundles and applicable industries, and that could be effectively used for website search and browse applications on Oracle Events,  Oracle Pressroom and Oracle Technology Network: OTN Semantic Web (Beta)


Oracle
Metadata Schema

Developed WebCenter Sites requirements and recommendations related to metadata and search schemas.


Pearson Higher Education
Learning Management System

Developed a reproducible process to develop discipline-based taxonomies with mapped learning objectives, and tested it on working with acquisition editors for the paralegal and culinary arts disciplines.


PeopleSoft
Intranet Taxonomy

Developed core metadata specification and faceted taxonomy based on Dublin Core.


Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Product Taxonomy

Developed the attributes and dropdowns for this industrial auctioneer’s mobile data collection tool used by the field staff to do property inspections and appraisals of heavy equipment.


Enterprise Taxonomy

Developed a set of broad topics that distill the detailed and large set of backend metadata topics and keywords that originate in health policy program research, synthesis and evaluation. This scheme is now being implemented in various functional areas including public communications, grants management, research and evaluation and development.


Save the Children
Content Taxonomy

Worked with the Health and Nutrition Global Initiative to develop and operationalize a prototype resource library in a SharePoint environment.


Singapore Infocomm Development Authority
Metadata Schema

Developed, documented, and assisted in the implementation of the Singapore Government Metadata Standard (SGMS) for all Government-owned content. The SGMS standard is the underlying structure that enables the Singapore Government online search website.


Small Business Administration
Metadata Schema

Developed taxonomy specifications for populating the metadata for the GSA Business Gateway e-Forms initiative.


SNC-Lavalin
Intranet Taxonomy

Helped the information management team develop a metadata and taxonomy framework to be implemented initially on a SharePoint intranet, and the governance structure for maintaining it.


Social Security Administration
Metadata Schema

Prepared taxonomy recommendations for tagging web content with Dublin Core metadata, and developed new vision for flexible site organization, site navigation & site search that uses explicit metadata.


Sprint
Taxonomy Roadmap

Identified existing controlled vocabularies, prepared high-level taxonomy, tested taxonomy by tagging content samples, and prepared taxonomy roadmap and governance documentation.


Stikeman Elliott
Knowledge Management

Modelled multilingual taxonomy in Synaptica tool to support law firm knowledge management.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency
Enterprise Taxonomy

Designed a unified metadata specification and taxonomy model for the SAMHSA Health Information Network (SHIN) merging the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) and the National Mental Health Information Center (NMHIC) with other agency resources. The SAMHSA Store uses the taxonomy both to tag publications and to browse for them on the website.


Product Taxonomy

In consultation with various internal stakeholders, Taxonomy Strategies developed an overall product taxonomy framework for the grocery category, and then researched items types at the item level to 1) specify the product category taxonomy and 2) identify all attributes and attribute values for each item type.


Theodore Alexander
Product Taxonomy

Developed a high-level luxury furniture product taxonomy and attributes strategy, built out the taxonomy, and defined and documented the process to maintain categories and attributes.


Time, Inc.
Content Aggregation

Developed a specific content aggregation XML DTD based on the PRISM (Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata) specification. This DTD was used for Time Inc., and other publishers, to exchange articles and extensive metadata between internal systems and to provide them to external parties.


Product Taxonomy

Revised the product categories taxonomy to absorb large increase in number of SKUs, identified universal product attributes, and provided cross-merchandising to support the best search and navigation for the site.


Content Taxonomy

Validated core metadata specification and faceted taxonomy based on Dublin Core, National Agricultural Library Thesaurus (NALT), and other pertinent vocabulary standards to be used as the standard for agency-wide information management.


Metadata Schema

Developed scalable metadata framework to enable content reuse, and handle changes in business goals, customer needs, and retrieval concerns.


Taxonomy Validation

Validated conformance of ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) metadata schema to the Qualified Dublin Core metadata model.


U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services
Enterprise Content Management

Collected and analyzed user requirements for the metadata and indexing for an Enterprise Document Management Service (EDMS) capability to store, manage, search, and view images for agencies requiring information.


Content Taxonomy

Worked with the Department of Public Affairs to help them build out a metadata schema and taxonomy to improve search on the public site, and also to enable dynamic selection of content to show on pages, and better navigation to related material.


University of Calilfornia San Francisco
Metadata Schema

Created the metadata schema and taxonomy to support an open source ResourceSpace digital asset management initiative to create a searchable database of historic photographs, contemporary organizational images, and marketing and branding collateral for the School of Pharmacy’s external communications.


XL Group
Intranet Taxonomy

Made recommendations on how to improve an intranet taxonomy so that business users can appropriately tag content using a facetted taxonomy in SharePoint 2010.


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