4276Re: [TaxoCoP] Re: Taxonomy Executive Summary for Executives / Senior Managers
- Feb 1, 2012Hi all,
Good comments, Bob.
I've given a number of taxonomy presentations. I don't have one with the purposes/business cases available online, but I do have one available that gets into the definitions of taxonomy, controlled vocabulary, and enterprise taxonomy in great detail:
"An Introduction to Enterprise Taxonomies"
SLA (Special Libraries Association) Annual Conference
June 14, 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
All right, when I have some free time, I'll start uploading my presentations (those which are not workshops) to SlideShare.
-- Heather Hedden heather@... www.hedden-information.com Senior Taxonomy Analyst Project Performance Corporation heather.hedden@... www.ppc.com
On 2/1/2012 4:07 PM, Bob DuCharme wrote:I'll take a crack at these:>1. The presentations I looked at inferred that a controlled vocabulary is a requisite part of a taxonomy...is that true?I consider a controlled vocabulary to be just a set of terms that you have to pick from. "Yes" and "No" is a controlled vocabulary, and so is the set of U.S. state abbrevation codes, and so is "Cat, Dog, Mammal, Collie, Manx." A taxonomy is a controlled vocabulary with extra metadata, especially about relationships between the terms: Mammal is a broader term for both Cat and Dog, Dog is a broader term for Collie, etc.. A taxonomy is often displayed as a tree showing the "broader than" relationships.>2. Is it possible to have more than one 'Enterprise' taxonomy?Taxonomies can serve several purposes, so a given enterprise can easily have more than one.>3. If you have multiple taxonomies coming out of a single controlled vocabulary, how does that affect search?I think that's a question for whoever designed the search engine in question.>4. On the flipside of question #1, can you have multiple controlled vocabularies contributing to a single taxonomy?Sure: I can have an animal vocabulary and a plant vocabulary that contribute to a combined taxonomy. A good taxonomy tool will let you configure something that looks like a single taxonomy to certain users but behind the scenes (out of those users' view, at least) is actually a combination of several, separately mantained taxonomies that may have extra metadata added as part of the combined view.Bob DuCharmeTopQuadrantOn Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM, John O'Gorman <jogorman@...> wrote:I was looking for information related to David's request and came away from the presentations listed on Mary's link (below) with a few questions. I could start another thread but allow me to begin the questions here:1. The presentations I looked at inferred that a controlled vocabulary is a requisite part of a taxonomy...is that true?2. Is it possible to have more than one 'Enterprise' taxonomy?3. If you have multiple taxonomies coming out of a single controlled vocabulary, how does that affect search?4. On the flipside of question #1, can you have multiple controlled vocabularies contributing to a single taxonomy?I found the connection between taxonomies and 'search' kind of confusing. I can see using a taxonomy for navigation and a controlled vocabulary for limiting search results, but a taxonomy by itself (unless the answer to question # 1 is always "Yes") seems a stretch.Thanks.John O'
From: Mary Garcia [mailto:mary_garcia@...]
Sent: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 07:29 AM
Subject: [TaxoCoP] Re: Taxonomy Executive Summary for Executives / Senior Managers
Margie Hlava's Taxomony Bootcamp presentation is available at
along with others, including slides for a presentation by Jay ven Eman
"Presenting a Business Case for Taxonomies". You may find these helpful.
Data Harmony Support
Access Innovations, Inc.
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