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.
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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.

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.