“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



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  • Taxonomy Strategies will respect the intellectual property rights of our clients, other consulting firms, and sole practitioners and will not use proprietary information or methodologies without permission.
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Environmental Responsibility

  • Taxonomy Strategies will follow a policy of preservation, conservation and waste reduction.
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[Last updated 2013-07-05]

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Relationships among scientific paradigms. Research & Node Layout: Kevin Boyack and Dick Klavans (mapofscience.com); Data: Thompson ISI; Graphics & Typography: W. Bradford Paley (wbpaley.com/brad/); Commissioned: Katy Borner (scimaps.org) (farm1.static.flickr.com/82

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