The book I have recommended, and given to clients, is Patrick Lambe's
excellent introduction, "Organizing Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and
Organizational Effectiveness" (ISBN 1843342274, $69.95). I purchased another
book, "Typologies and Taxonomies: An Introduction to Classification
Techniques (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences)" by Kenneth
D. Bailey, but I found it quite academic and probably of little value to
most non-IA types.
You could also check a number of websites and blogs, including
Based on my limited experience with taxonomy development, a lot of work is
involved. So at the risk of being self-serving, you may wish to hire a
consultant that can assist you with this (Full disclosure: while I don't do
as much taxonomy work - yet - Access Sciences does do quite a bit of this).
There are a number of them out there; Seth Earley at Earley & Associates
focuses on this (http://www.earley.com) and is also active in the Yahoo!
Group Taxonomy Community of Practice
(http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/TaxoCoP/). That list gets about 3-5
posts a day.
Finally, CMSWatch is developing an instructor-led and online certificate
program for AIIM on something called Information Organization and Access
(IOA) which includes taxonomy development. The course is scheduled to go
live in September; you can find more details, including cost and schedule,
Hope this helps - and I'm sure you'll get some other responses as well.
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