Understanding Classification and Taxonomies – Building Enterprise Taxonomies
Currently reading a very nice book on designing Classification systems and Taxonomies titled Building Enterprise Taxonomies, authored by Darin L. Stewart (Director or Web Strategies and Research Information Services for Oregon Health and Science University), published in 2008.
The title of the book, IMO, is a bit of a misnomer. This is not so much a book about designing Taxonomies for Enterprises, as it is an elegant, easy-to-digest framework for classifying knowledge and designing Knowledge Representation, Search, and Discovery environments. To prove the point, here are the chapter titles (with my comments appended):
- Findability – on Search and Information Discovery
- Metadata – including an overview of Dublin Core
- Taxonomy – an overview of Classification systems, and the role of Controlled Vocabularies
- Preparations – references what Stewart calls the Taxonomy Development Lifecycle
- Structure – a deeper exploration of the task of Categorization
- Ontology– exploring the Semantic Web
- Folksonomy – community-generated Classification in an era of the Social Web
Pretty great stuff eh?
Stewart also makes reference to a very nice research article from 1999 by Barbara H. Kwasnik: Role of Classification in Knowledge Representation and Discovery. It’s a nice piece.
All for now.