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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What is a Taxonomy?

A taxonomy provides the overall scheme for organizing content to solve a business problem such as improving search, browsing for content enterprise-wide, enabling business users to catalog reports or syndicate content, and otherwise providing the basis for effective and efficient content use and re-use.

Taxonomies represent a predefined organizational structure that can cover a range of subjects from general industries or fields of study to the relevant words and terms unique to the business. They are usually arranged hierarchically, reflect general to more specific relationships and show correlations between subject areas.

Taxonomies also help to provide an optimized map or information architecture that allows users to intuitively navigate content, or directs users to the content the site owner wants them to see.


What are the key benefits of a Taxonomy?

Effectiveness to help you make money

Control of your content and compliance with regulations

Efficiency to help you save money

Our Services

Taxonomy Strategies provides specialized consulting services to help organizations arrange their information for its most effective use. Our services include:

Taxonomy Goverance

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“For a large enterprise to share information across diverse product lines and functions, a common language or taxonomy is required to classify the information. The best way to develop the common taxonomy is to look at the hierarchies currently in use.”

David Lamar Smith, Halliburton Global Technical Services Chief

Powerful Presentations

What We Learned about Taxonomy Working on the Railroad


Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at the Information Architecture Conference on March 31, 2023.

How To Supercharge Named Entities To Find and Use Relevant Digital Assets


Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Text Analytics Forum on November 10, 2022, 2:00-2:20 PM.

Developing Taxonomy Use Cases


Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Taxonomy Bootcamp on November 7, 2022, 1:30-2:00 PM.


Interesting Information

NKOS 2023 Workshop

The 2023 NKOS Consolidated Workshop will be held as part of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications on November 9 from 9:00 AM-8:00 PM KST at the Kyungpook National University, in Daegu, South Korea. To enable wide global participation, the consolidated workshop will be scheduled as a series of 3-hour sections, each containing two 90-minute sessions to accommodate Asian, American, and European time zones. Participation in the in-person workshop will require registration included with the rest of the Dublin Core conference. (Those only participating in the in-person workshop will pay a small fee to cover lunch and refreshments). Participation in the virtual workshop will require pre-registration to get access to the online sessions but will be free. 

Automated Metadata Annotation Article

The data behind the whizzy new AI technology is no older than the World Wide Web—barely 25 years old. It’s important to acknowledge what type of data a pre-trained machine learning algorithm like ChatGPT has been trained on to understand its limitations and potential biases. For example, scholarly and historical content is often not available in consumable, homogenized, and interoperable formats at the large volume that is required for machine learning. Based on a panel I organized for the 2021 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, MIT Press just published this paper that presents the current state of automated metadata annotation in cultural heritage and research data: M. Wu, H. Brandhorst, M. Marinescu, J. Lopez, M. Hlava, and J. Busch. “Automated metadata annotation: What is and is not possible with machine learning.” 5:1 Data Intelligence (2023) 122–138.

Taxonomy and Sustainable Development in Africa

Taxonomy Strategies is providing Business Classification Scheme consultant services for the African Development Bank (AfDB), a multilateral development finance institution. Our focus is to help the Bank implement a document and records management solution. One of the critical bottlenecks in international development is the appraisal and approval of projects. This involves the formation of teams and documentation of project development activities such as alignment with the Paris Climate Accords, gender equality and other Sustainable Development Goals. In developing countries, the size of projects varies widely, but the project budget is often smaller than in developed countries while the needs are greater. This adds up to more projects with smaller budgets that need to be on-boarded and managed. This results in the major documentation and disclosure challenge. 



Clients Taxonomy Strategies provides specialized consulting services to help organizations arrange their information for its most effective use.


Taxonomy Strategies often partners with other consulting organizations and leading edge vendors that focus on helping organizations arrange their information for its most effective use.


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“Before [the taxonomy project], the location of digital images, slides, CDs, etc. was stored in my neural network. Now those resources reside in the digital asset management system. They are all digital, and they are all tagged. Access is now open. We can meet requests for specific assets quickly and accurately.”

Susan Levings, UCSF School of Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Planning and Communications

The first step in solving any problem is to learn how others have addressed it in the past. Are there relevant best practices, lessons learned, or pre-existing solutions? One of Taxonomy Strategies’ core values is to teach our clients methodologies so they can apply them and build on previous work.

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Business Address
5253 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

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