Busch’s golden law of facets: “Four facets of 10 nodes
each have the same discriminatory power as one taxonomy of 10,000 nodes.”

– Steve Papa, Endeca Chairman and Co-founder

Joseph Busch

5253 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015 USA
+1 (415) 377 7912


Taxonomy Strategies. San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC, 2002-Present
Founder and Principal
Guiding global 2000 companies, government agencies, and NGOs to develop metadata frameworks and taxonomy strategies to ensure that content realizes its highest value through re-use and re-purposing.

Project Performance Corporation, McLean, VA, 2010-12
Senior Principal for Information Management
Knowledge leader for taxonomy and metadata practice, and senior adviser to business projects.

Interwoven, Inc. (acquired Metacode in Nov. 2000),Sunnyvale, CA, 2000-02
Director, Solutions Architecture
Technology consultant and content management evangelist providing depth and breadth enterprise-level expertise, to create sales opportunities and remove obstacles to closing sales. Responsible for new automated categorization product positioning, introduction and sales volumes that met aggressive goals.

Metacode Technologies, Inc. (formerly Datafusion), San Francisco, CA, 1998-2000
Vice President, Infoware (Information Product Development)
Developed business strategy and market positioning. Was chief architect for new media automated content management products and knowledge management services.

The Getty Information Institute (formerly the Art History Information Program), Santa Monica, CA, 1987-98
Program Manager, Standards and Research Databases, 1993-98
Managed $3 million program that supported portfolio of projects and 50 employees building digital repositories. Provided oversight of production and distribution of research publications.
Promoted the social value of cultural information and its importance in the development of national and global information infrastructures.
Systems Project Manager, 1987-93
Planned, developed, implemented, supported, and maintained information management systems used at project sites in North America and Europe.

Price Waterhouse, Boston, MA, 1984-87
Manager, Management Consulting Services, 1986-87
Senior Consultant, 1984-86.
Management consultant to professional services, financial, commercial, and government clients.

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1979-84
Assistant Director, Technical Services
Assisted in coordination of systems procurement and data conversion projects for the Five Colleges – Hampshire, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York, NY, 1977-79
Chief, Technical Services
Designed and implemented various text retrieval systems in a New York City law firm, and assisted in firm-wide information management planning.


  • M.L.S., State University of New York at Albany, Beta Phi Mu, 1977.
  • B.A., Portland State University, 1974. Reed College, 1972-74.


Active member of many national and regional professional organizations, and advisor to educational programs and research projects.

  • Association for Computing Machinery, Program Committees, 1997, 98.
  • American Society for Information Science and Technology, Watson Davis Award, 2004; President, 2001; Director-at-large, 1993-96; Annual Meeting Chair, 1997; Annual Meeting Papers Referee, 2005-07, 10, 13-; Award of Merit Jury, 2013-14; Web Presence Task Force, 2014-15.
  • American Library Association, Committee on Accreditation Visiting Committees, 1996, 98, 99, 2001, 04, 06, 10, 11, 13.
  • Council on Foundations, International Committee, Telecommunications Task Force, 1995-96.
  • Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics Metadata Research Center Advisory Board, 2015-
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, Board of Directors, 2001-2008; Executive Committee, 2013-; Advisory Board, 2001-; Advisory Board Co-Chair, 2013-; International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications Papers Referee, 2007-
  • Museum Computer Network, Director-at-large, 1993-96.
  • National Research Council, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Computing and the Humanities Roundtable, 1997.
  • National Science Foundation, Review Panels, 1998; Workshop Participant, 1996, 98, 99.
  • San Jose State University School of Information and Library Science Knowledge Organization Advisory Committee, 2012-
  • University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science Metadata Research Center Advisory Board, 2006-14.
  • Usability.gov/GoodGovUX Terminology and Definitions Team, 2015-


J. Busch. “Improving Management of Transportation Information — Terminology and Categorization Standardization White Paper.” In: Improving Management of Transportation Information: Guidance for Managing Transportation Information Final Report. NCHRP Report 754. Washington, D.C.: National Cooperative Highway Research Program Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, 2013.

J. Horodyski, J. Busch. “A Great Time for Taxonomy and Metadata: An Interview with Taxonomist Joseph Busch.” 1:4Journal of Digital Media Management (Spring 2013) 390-393.

J. Busch, E. Davila, F. Farm, M. Lauruhn, S. Levings. “UCSF School of Pharmacy Digital Assets Taxonomy and Metadata Development.” 1:1 Journal of Digital Media Management (2012) 9-22.

J. Busch. “Technie Talk: About Semantic Interoperability and Linked DataCreateasphere Newsletter (February 2012)

J. Busch, K. Forsberg, M. Dekkers. Guidance Information for the Deployment of Dublin Core Metadata in Corporate Environments. ISSS/WS-MMI-DC/136. December 2004.

“Ask Tony: Investigating ECM Building Blocks“ CMSWatch (2004-12-07)

D.L. Smith, J. Busch, R. Daniel, Jr. “Taxonomy: A Knowledge Sharing Enabler.” Presented at: SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., 26–29 September 2004.

R. Haniph with J. Busch. “Migration Tools and Techniques” CMSWatch (2004-04-14)

Information Issues in the Aftermath of September 11.” 27:8 Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2001)

Semantic Information Management: Harnessing the Flow.” 27:6 Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2001)

The Internet Economy and Its Aftermath.” 27:5 Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2001)

Who Are Information Architects and What Do They Want?” 27:4 Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2001)

“Helping People Find Content… Preparing Content to be Found: Enabling the Semantic Web.” In: National Online Proceedings, New York, May 15-17, 2001, edited by Martha E. Williams, Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2001.

The Value of Context for Data and Information.” Presented at: National Science Foundation Workshop on Digital Archives and Information Preservation, Washington, D.C., March 26-28, 1999.

“Building and Accessing Vocabulary Resources for Networked Resource Discovery and Navigation.” In: Visualizing Subject Access for 21 st Century Information Resources, edited by Pauline Atherton Cochrane and Eric H. Johnson, Champaign, IL: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.

“The Importance of Documenting Cultural Objects.” no. 2 Bulletin of the Vocabulary Program (1998) 13-14, 16.

Evolving Institutional Approaches to Subsidizing End User Access to Research Databases: A Case Study.” 11 Archives and Museum Informatics (1997) 39-46.

Workshop on Metadata and Thesauri.” Presented at: Digital Libraries ’97, , Philadelphia , July 1997.

“Standards Challenges.” Presented at: National Research Council Computer Science and Telecommunications Board Computing and the Humanities Roundtable Meeting, Washington, D.C., February 1997.

“Distribution Models for Research Databases.” Presented at: Coalition for Networked Information, San Francisco, December 1996.

“SGML for Interchanging Cultural Heritage Information.” In: Electronic Publishing: Applications and Implications, edited by Elizabeth L. Logan and Myke H. Gluck. Medford, N.J.: Learned Information, 1996.

Discussion Paper on End User Searching and Filtering: Interface Design for Information Retrieval.” Presented at: National Science Foundation Workshop on Social Aspects of Digital Libraries, Los Angeles, February 1996.

“How to Choose Among Alternative Technologies for Physical Access to Art Images.” 4:2 Computers and the History of Art (1994) 3-16.

“Thinking Ambiguously: Organizing Source Materials for Historical Research.” In: Challenges in Indexing Electronic Text and Images, edited by Raya Fidel, Trudi Bellardo Hahn, Edie M. Rasmussen, and Philip J. Smith. Medford, N.J.: Learned Information, 1994.

“Automated Mapping of Topical Subject Headings into Facetted Index Strings Using the Art & Architecture Thesaurus as a Machine Readable Dictionary.” In: Knowledge Organization and Quality Management, edited by Hanne Albrechtsen and Susanne Oernager. Frankfurt: Indeks Verlag, 1994.

Use of a Relational Database System to Model the Variability of Historical Source Information.” [PDF] In: Cognitive Paradigms in Knowledge Organisation, Bangalore: Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, 1992.

“Updating the Art & Architecture Thesaurus for Use in Object and Image Documentation.” In: Studies in Multimedia, edited by Susan Stone and Michael Buckland. Medford, N.J.: Learned Information, 1992.


[Last updated 2015-08-21]

[image above:
Topology map of a computer network created by a tool called Mercator developed as part of the Scan Project, by Ramesh Govindan, Anoop Reddy and colleagues, courtesy of Information Sciences Institute, USC]

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