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.


“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

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

[Slides] Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at MESA Lunch & Learn on May 5, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM.

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.


Interesting Information

NKOS 2022 Workshop Announcement

The 2022 NKOS Workshop will be held as part of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications on October 6-7 from 9-1 PDT at the University of Washington in Seattle. Participation can be in person or virtual. Registration will be free. The NKOS Workshop is seeking submissions for presentations and demonstrations related to Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) themes and topics listed in the Call for Participation (CFP). The submission deadline is Friday, June 17, 2022.

Knowledge Organization Special Issue: Best Papers from NKOS Consolidated Workshop 2020

Joseph Busch is co-guest editor with Joseph Tennis of Special Issue of Knowledge Organization: Best Papers from NKOS Consolidated Workshop 2020 Part 1 48:3 Knowledge Organization (2021) and Part 2 48:4 Knowledge Organization (2021).

Holiday Card – Canoers on Lake Armington, Piermont, NH

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.



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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