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.


What are the key benefits of a Taxonomy?

Effectiveness to help you make money

Control of your content and compliance with regulations

Efficiency to help you save money

Our Services

Taxonomy Strategies provides specialized consulting services to help organizations arrange their information for its most effective use. Our services include:

Taxonomy Goverance

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Taxonomy Tools

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“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

What We Learned about Taxonomy Working on the Railroad


Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at the Information Architecture Conference on March 31, 2023.

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


Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Text Analytics Forum on November 10, 2022, 2:00-2:20 PM.

Developing Taxonomy Use Cases


Joseph Busch, Taxonomy Strategies at Taxonomy Bootcamp on November 7, 2022, 1:30-2:00 PM.


Interesting Information

CFP for NKOS Special Issue of TEL

The call for participation (CFP) for the Recent NKOS Research Special Issue of TEL (The Electronic Library) has been posted at The deadline is May 1, 2023, but submissions may be made from January-May at On the submission page, please select “Recent Knowledge Organization Systems/Services/Structures (NKOS) Research” as the issue you are submitting to.

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).



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.

Contact Us

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Business Address
5253 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

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