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.

Current Announcements

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 usa.gov, 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.


Joseph Busch is co-chair with Douglas Tudhope and Marcia Zeng of Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) 2020 Consolidated Workshop. Ticketing is now open for the Workshop at Eventbrite. The Workshop will be held as Zoom webinars on September 9 and 10 from 9:00-1:00 EDT. Registration is free, but tickets for each day are required. There is a limit of 80 tickets available. The Workshop Program Schedule is available.


Joseph Busch is co-guest editor with Douglas Tudhope of Special Issue of Journal of Data and Information Science (JDIS) on NKOS (April 2020) Volume 5: Issue 1. Download: PDF.


Joseph Busch speaks about what it means to help associations “organize their stuff” in the Fall 2019 Issue of Associations Now – “New Consulting Specialties Help Associations Face New Trends.”


Taxonomy Strategies is a sponsor of Semantics 2020 to be held in Austin, TX April 21-23.


Taxonomy Strategies was a sponsor of the Dublin Core 2019. Photos are in a post on our Facebook page.


A Metacode reunion–Taxonomy Strategies is partnering with Voise to offer NLG (natural language generation) solutions. Watch a short video demonstration of the initial offering.


Hear Joseph Busch discuss Artificial Intelligence at the Amsterdam Public Library Vogin IP conference.


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


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

For more information contact bob@metatorial.com.


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 2019 holiday card. Garden Greens and Nasturtiums. Photo by: Joseph Busch (June 19, 2019). See all Taxonomy Strategies holiday cards at our Facebook site.


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

  • Enterprise Knowledge Graphs: Ready or not?

    [PDF][Vimeo]. Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Taxonomy Bootcamp on November 17, 2020.


  • Aggregation and Search: Baskets for Berrypicking

    Slides [PDF]. Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at NKOS Consolidated Workshop Zoom webinar on September 10, 2020.


  • 2020 Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Consolidated Workshop

    Organized by Joseph Busch (Taxonomy Strategies), Koraljka Golub (Linnaeus University), Margie Hlava (Access Innovations), Philipp Mayr (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences), Ziyoung Park (Hansung University), Jian Qin (Syracuse University), Douglas Tudhope (University of South Wales), and Marcia Zeng (Kent State University) held as Zoom webinars on September 9 and 10, 2020.


  • Supervised vs. Unsupervised Automated Categorization

    [PDF]. Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Text Analytics Forum in Washington, D.C. on November 7, 2019.


  • Developing a Health Policy Domain Model for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    [PDF]. Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at NKOS Workshop at Dublin Core 2019, Seoul, South Korea on September 25, 2019.


Archive of presentations from previous years.

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