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Subject: Re: Define Taxonomy
From: "Gervais, JohnA" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 5 Dec 2006 09:37:27 -0500
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My kick at the can on the taxonomy issue.

In IM/IT a taxonomy is used to organize information into a set of preferred terms, all connected by a hierarchy of classes or groups in successive subordination.  It is frequently used in web navigation systems.  Users can easily and quickly understand Web Sites that use hierarchical organization models.  A website taxonomy provides the essential structure required to manage website content with help from technology.  A taxonomy allows information portal managers to establish categories of information and standardized terminology.

In knowledge management a taxonomy is described as an outcome from knowledge mapping and structuring processes . It is a hierarchical classification which helps users understand how explicit knowledge can be grouped and categorised.

John A. Gervais

 

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