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.

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 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:

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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 2021 holiday card. Canoers on Lake Armington, Piermont, NH. Photo by Joseph Busch (September 9, 2021). 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

  • Taxonomy Testing to Prove it Will Work

    [Slides] Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Taxonomy Bootcamp on November 16, 2021, 4:00-4:45 PM.

  • Why AI ≠ Automated Indexing: What Is and Is Not Possible

    [Video] Organized and moderated by Joseph Busch with panelists Hans Brandhorst (Mnemosyne), Joaquim Moré López (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), Marjorie Hlava (Access Innovations), Maria-Cristina Marinescu (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), Mingfang Wu (Australian Research Data Commons), and Osma Suominen (National Library of Finland) held as Zoom webinar as part of DCMI Virtual on October 13, 2021.

  • 2021 Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Consolidated Workshop

    Organized by Joseph Busch (Taxonomy Strategies), Douglas Tudhope (University of South Wales), and Marcia Zeng (Kent State University) held as Zoom webinars on September 22 and 23, 2021.

  • Role of standards organizations in the USA and their impact on knowledge representation in the global context

    [Slides] [Script] Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at ENDORSE (The European Data Conference on Reference Data and Semantics), March 16, 2021.

  • Baskets for Berrypicking

    [Slides][Paper] by Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at WIAD February 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Archive of presentations from previous years.

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