Taxonomy and Search Patterns for Search and Discovery


So you have built and implemented a taxonomy but search is still not returning the desired results. What do you do?

Taxonomy alone is limited in what it can do. Search alone is also limited. Together, they become much smarter. If taxonomy and search are integrated, they can be very powerful and vastly improve the user experience.

In this article, inspired by the work of Callender, Morville and Nichani (see references in the paper) Patrick outlines 10 search patterns that taxonomy and metadata can support. He lists their benefits, dependencies, potential applications, and illustrates them with real life examples.

Taxonomy and Search Patterns v3.pdf

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