Why Use Taxonomies?

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Taxonomies make it much easier for people to update profiles consistently & comprehensively.

Why Use Taxonomies?

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Taxonomies make it much easier for people to update profiles consistently & comprehensively.

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  • The standard DiscoverMe® license includes full access to the WAND taxonomy library.
  • For more information about WAND and WAND taxonomies, click the image to the right to open up the WAND website in a new tab.
  • The standard DiscoverMe® license includes full access to the WAND taxonomy library.
  • For more information about WAND and WAND taxonomies, click the image to the right to open up the WAND website in a new tab.

What are taxonomies?

  • Concepts: A taxonomy is a collection of concepts for a given subject domain organized into an hierarchical tree structure.
  • Pre-defined Terms: Concepts are distilled into specific terms that are simply a single word or very short phrase. These are known as preferred terms.
  • Synonyms: Different people will refer to the same concept by a different word or phrase that is the preferred term. These are synonyms and are known as non-preferred terms. They are associated with a preferred term.
  • Your Company’s Vocabulary: Terms may be grouped into term sets and a collection of term sets will collectively constitute the common terminology used by people in your Company.
  • Profile Metadata: Individual terms from the taxonomy are metadata values for digital documents and/or people’s digital profiles.

What are taxonomies?

  • Concepts: A taxonomy is a collection of concepts for a given subject domain organized into a hierarchical tree structure.
  • Pre-defined Terms: Concepts are distilled into specific terms that are simply a single word or very short phrase. These are known as preferred terms.
  • Synonyms: Different people will refer to the same concept by a different word or phrase that is the preferred term. These are synonyms and are known as non-preferred terms. They are associated with a preferred term.
  • Your Company’s Vocabulary: Terms may be grouped into term sets and a collection of term sets will collectively constitute the common terminology used by people in your Company.
  • Profile Metadata: Individual terms from the taxonomy are metadata values for digital documents and/or people’s digital profiles.

Some specific benefits of using taxonomies with user profiles:

Some specific benefits of using taxonomies with user profiles:

People Are Prompted

  • It is much easier and quicker to pick values from a pre-defined list than think of items.
  • (Taxonomy) Pick lists can remind people of forgotten skills or experiences they may have.
  • A taxonomy provides a very clear guide as to the type of information to be recorded.

People Are Prompted

  • It is much easier and quicker to pick values from a pre-defined list than think of items.
  • (Taxonomy) Pick lists can remind people of forgotten skills or experiences they may have.
  • A taxonomy provides a very clear guide as to the type of information to be recorded.

Consistency

  • People may refer to the same type of shoe as either a ‘trainer’ or a ‘sneaker’. Taxonomy helps systems record a singular term no matter which synonym the person selects.
  • The word ‘trainer’ may refer to a shoe or a person who instructs other people. Taxonomy provides context to guide the selection of the correct term.
  • Consistent classification of skills allows much more effective search and analysis of data by systems and by people.
  • If the same taxonomies are used to classify other digital assets, like documents, these different types of ‘knowledge’ (tacit vs explicit) can be presented together.

Consistency

  • People may refer to the same type of shoe as either a ‘trainer’ or a ‘sneaker’. Taxonomy helps systems record a singular term no matter which synonym the person selects.
  • The word ‘trainer’ may refer to a shoe or a person who instructs other people. Taxonomy provides context to guide the selection of the correct term.
  • Consistent classification of skills allows much more effective search and analysis of data by systems and by people.
  • If the same taxonomies are used to classify other digital assets, like documents, these different types of ‘knowledge’ (tacit vs explicit) can be presented together.

Traditional taxonomy challenges that DiscoverMe® helps address:

  • Governance; Changing terms; Different taxonomies in different systems.
  • Please Contact Us for more information about how DiscoverMe® can help with your adoption of taxonomies.

Traditional taxonomy challenges that DiscoverMe® helps address:

  • Governance; Changing terms; Different taxonomies in different systems.
  • Please Contact Us for more information about how DiscoverMe® can help with your adoption of taxonomies.