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Taxonomy Definition. Definition: “A hierarchical organizational structure for the classification of concepts or things” A good taxonomy is: Intuitive Consistent Simple. Define the audience Define the audience’s mission What should the taxonomy do for the Web site’s users?.

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taxonomy definition
Taxonomy Definition
  • Definition:
    • “A hierarchical organizational structure for the classification of concepts or things”
  • A good taxonomy is:
    • Intuitive
    • Consistent
    • Simple

With thanks to Zach Wahl of PPC

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Define the audience

Define the audience’s mission

What should the taxonomy do for the Web site’s users?

Who/what are we?

Why are we part of the Forum?

Why would we use the Web site?

Zack says, “Identify the Business Case”

So…

With thanks to Zach Wahl of PPC

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Zack says, “Keep Your Audience in Mind”

So…

  • Recognize that users may think about and look for information in different ways
  • Use familiar vocabulary and organizational schemas to ensure a logical browsing experience
  • How would you use the KM Forum Web site to find information?
  • What terms and scheme would you use to find information on the KM Forum Web site?

With thanks to Zach Wahl of PPC

categorization schemes

Facet-based

Information categorized into multiple taxonomies or “stackonomies” based on unique but pervasive characteristics, including topic, function, etc.

Wines by region

France > Alsace

Wines by type

White>Chardonnay

Subject-oriented

Information categorized by subject or topic, with each child category is either instance of parent category or part of it

Water pollution, soil pollution, air pollution…

Functional

Information categorized by its process

Employment, training, staffing…

Organizational

Information categorized by corporate departments or business entities

Accounting, human resources, marketing…

Document Type

Information categorized by the type of document

Presentation, expense report, press release…

Categorization Schemes

Easiest Hardest

Method

Definition

Examples

With thanks to Zach Wahl of PPC