Taxonomies for Knowledge Management

Back in February I posted on a very nice, clear handout for the stages in the taxonomy development process from Boeing Company librarians Kathryn Breininger and Mary Whittaker. Here’s a fuller write-up from the same authors with some useful narrative around the different stages, as presented at IFLA this year.

The title of the paper is “Taxonomy Development for Knowledge Management” but there’s precious little about KM or KM objectives in the paper. And the approach is a very librarian-ish approach, with a focus on the content and on establishing general rules and principles quite early in the process, which is where I might differ with them in the execution of this process. But the overview and explanation of what’s involved a tricky enterprise is excellent in its clarity.

Thanks to Synaptica Central for this link.

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