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Reading Responses | Taxonomy | Grace G Lau

I read three articles for information architecture class regarding organization and taxonomies. The first one was helpful in pointing out that things that we don't normally think about are successful resources because they are meticulously organized in a way that makes the content absorbable, like the recipe book for example. I also enjoyed the fact that she prints out her recipes to make changes because I'm the same way, I really don't like reading my recipe from a screen when I'm cooking. Anyway, Grace goes through these steps for creating a taxonomy:

  1. Building the business case for taxonomy
  2. Planning a taxonomy
  3. The many facets of taxonomy
  4. Card sorting to validate a taxonomy
  5. Tree testing a taxonomy
  6. Taxonomy governance
  7. Best practices of enterprise taxonomies
Bridging content, organizing the content, and deciding which facets of your taxonomy to use are all important. I found these questions really helpful and plan on utilizing them in my initial research and organization of my taxonomy. 

  1. Purpose: Why? What will the taxonomy be used for? 
  2. Users: Who’s using this taxonomy? Who will it affect?
  3. Content: What will be covered by this taxonomy?
  4. Scope: What’s the topic area and limits?
  5. Resources: What are the project resources and constraints
Finally, Grace gave these helpful tips in building a business case for your taxonomy, treating it as if you are presenting it to a client. 

  • better manage your content at scale,
  • allow for meaningful navigation,
  • expose long-tail content,
  • reuse content assets,
  • bridge across subjects, and
  • provide more efficient product/brand alignment
This project is quantitative and data is going to be very important in creating content that is meaningful and practical, while also keeping in mind the unique needs of your viewers. I think of it as a living infograph. If the metadata isn't strong, the informative objective will not be achieved. I'm excited about this next project.