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Taming Taxonomy Terrors
Volume 41, Number 6 - November/December 2017


Constructing a Framework to Tame Taxonomy Terrors

The steps involved in taming taxonomy terrors can be likened to constructing a house.

  • Find the plot: Is your plot of land pristine, or are there structures already built that need to be fixed up? 

  • Plan the architecture: Look at the structural design by conducting a knowledge audit and think about how to connect systems. 

  • Build the framework: Put in a solid foundation using the most important systems and information. 

  • Wire and plumb: Taxonomy is the wiring of the house; search is the plumbing. 

  • Decorate and have a party: Celebrate your accomplishments, but bring organizational skills to making sure everything ended up in the proper place.

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Ahren E. Lehnert is senior manager, text analytics solutions, Synaptica.


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