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Taxonomies and Publishing

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Hi there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting and this is Publishing Defined.

Today I am going to discuss taxonomies and scholarly publishing.

Taxonomy is the practice and science of classification. The word has evolved and now applies to the classification of things, concepts, as well as the principles underlying such classification. Most taxonomies have a hierarchical structure.

A taxonomy is not metadata. A reminder that metadata is data about data. For a journal article, metadata might include the article title, authors’ names, journal name that published it, issue, page numbers, and a host of other items. Each field likely follows an established and recognized format. Metadata is necessary to make a piece of content discoverable to a reader or user.

A taxonomy takes that metadata or information and relates it to all the other pieces of content. A taxonomy should encompass the entire subject and be an agreed upon standardized list of terms that insures consistent tagging of pieces of content.

Taxonomies are used in search to surface the right piece of content and then provide closely related content to the reader. Sometimes, an organization or publisher may create their own taxonomy. Preferable is when there are agreed upon taxonomies within a subject area or discipline.

Taxonomies should be part of the big picture in content creation, including: in production when content is being created, when metadata formatting being decided upon, with content storage whether with a content management system (or CMS) or digital asset management system (or DAM), in website design and the user interface, and of course in search and discoverability decisions.

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