I am with Carol E. B. Choksy on this one.
A taxonomy is not as per:
The AIIM masters guide: Taxonomy: (in the context of ERM)
A systematic way of organizing records. The words can be in a
For an in-depth look at the definition of the term Taxonomy you will be well
served to visit the following website of 7,563,812 words in 931 dictionaries
indexed @ http://www.onelook.com/?w=TAXONOMY
I am not certain the term Taxonomy is appropriate to what we do in a Records
Management environment. It is my personal opinion that what we have [or at
least should have] is a Business Classification Scheme - BCS which is based
on the Business Processes of our organisation/s.
The BCS is made up from a listing of our operational terminology in the
guise of a Controlled Vocabulary - CV specific to our needs and documented
with Scope Notes and definitions.
A Records Management environment is more than the above but in my personal
view if a CV is not documented to the enth degree and that a BCS is not
documented, approved and circulated for all and I mean ALL of an
organisation then we are building an RM or EDMS on shifting sands which will
sink in the quagmire of mediocrity.
A BCS can be the foundation of a Retention Schedule and again in my opinion
if we have a Retention Schedule that is not based on a BCS and thus the
business process of the organisation then we have a less process than could
be if we linked the two and with much inefficiency and waste of time &
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