“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


One of Taxonomy Strategies’ core values is to teach our clients methodologies so they can apply them to solving new problems. The first step in solving any problem is to learn how others have addressed it in the past. Are there relevant best practices? Are there lessons learned? Are there pre-existing solutions? We believe that the most effective approach is to build on previous work. One of our core principles is only to start from scratch when absolutely necessary.

This section of the Taxonomy Strategies website provides some basic definitions of terms, as well as a bibliography of readings in taxonomy, metadata, and other subjects around managing and finding information. An archive that provides provides links to past Taxonomy Strategies workshops, talks and conference presentations is also part of this section of the website.

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