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Metadata: Defining & Harnessing. Ron Daniel, Jr. Principal, Taxonomy Strategies LLC . Metadata and Taxonomy. Each list is a “controlled vocabulary”. The Taxonomy is the set of all the controlled vocabularies. . Audience Internal Executives Managers External Suppliers Customers

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metadata defining harnessing

Metadata: Defining & Harnessing

Ron Daniel, Jr.

Principal, Taxonomy Strategies LLC

metadata and taxonomy
Metadata and Taxonomy

Each list is a “controlled vocabulary”. The Taxonomy is the set of all the controlled vocabularies.

Audience

Internal

Executives

Managers

External

Suppliers

Customers

Partners

Topics

Employee Services

Compensation

Retirement

Insurance

Further Education

Finance and Budget

Products and Services

Support Services

Infrastructure

Supplies

Metadata

Title

Author

Department

Audience

Topic

Metadata is data about data – in our case it is a set of fields of library catalog-like data about published content..

metadata and faceted taxonomies

Main Ingredients

Meal Type

Cuisines

Cooking Methods

  • Chocolate
  • Dairy
  • Fruits
  • Grains
  • Meat & Seafood
  • Nuts
  • Olives
  • Pasta
  • Spices & Seasonings
  • Vegetables
  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Supper
  • Dinner
  • Snack
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • Caribbean
  • Continental
  • Eclectic/ Fusion/ International
  • Jewish
  • Latin American
  • Mediterranean
  • Middle Eastern
  • Vegetarian
  • Advanced
  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Fry
  • Grill
  • Marinade
  • Microwave
  • No Cooking
  • Poach
  • Quick
  • Roast
  • Sauté
  • Slow Cooking
  • Steam
  • Stir-fry
Metadata and Faceted Taxonomies

42 values to maintain (10+6+11+15)

9900 combinations (10x6x11x15)

what makes a bad taxonomy
What makes a bad taxonomy?

The animals are divided into:(a) belonging to the emperor,(b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification,(i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from along way off look like flies.

Jorge Luis Borges, " THE ANALYTICAL LANGUAGE OF JOHN WILKINS"Works in 3 volumes (in Russian). St. Petersburg, "Polaris", 1994. V. 2: 87.

limits on facet displays
Limits on facet displays

Most facets are hidden!

what does it cost to create metadata
What does it cost to create metadata?

Consider complexity of facet and ambiguity of content to estimate time per value.

Machine-filled fields have costs too.

Is this field worth the cost?

Estimated cost of tagging one item. This can be reduced with automation, but cannot be eliminated.

Inspired by: Ray Luoma, BAU Solutions

contact info

Contact Info

Ron Daniel, 925-368-8371 [email protected]

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