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How To Improve Website Search

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Information Architecture, Taxonomy|

When looking to improve the searchability on your website or intranet or in your CMS or DAM, there are a few areas where you can look to solve searchability problems. This second part in a two-part series focuses on solving searchability problems.

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Testing a Website Taxonomy (Infographic)

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Taxonomy|

When working on a taxonomy project, one question always comes up, "How do we know our taxonomy works?" When spending time and money developing a taxonomy that is critical to business goals and technical needs, it's important to know that the taxonomy is usable and useful. There are several ways we can test taxonomies to ensure they work.

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Combining Multiple Taxonomies

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Taxonomy|

Combining multiple taxonomies can be a contentious issue: each taxonomy belongs to a team who has put a lot of thought into their taxonomy and may not easily let go of certain terms or features. However, sometimes taxonomies do need to be combined, and here are some tips on how to go through the process.

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Selling a Website Taxonomy to Your Organization

By | January 24th, 2017|Categories: Taxonomy|

While you recognize that your company needs a website taxonomy or intranet taxonomy, you may not be sure how to convince management to provide resources to create, implement, and maintain a taxonomy. Here are some tips.

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Actionable Steps to Improve Your Taxonomy

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Taxonomy|

If you’re working on a taxonomy that doesn’t have the resources (right now) to do a lot of research and engagement with subject matter experts, there are still some actionable steps you can take to improve your taxonomy.

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Best Practices for Building a Website Taxonomy

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Taxonomy|

While each taxonomy project has its own quirks, there is a basic methodology we can use for planning, building, and maintaining a taxonomy.

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Guiding Others Through Building a Website Taxonomy

By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Taxonomy|

After going through numerous taxonomy projects, I've learned a few things about how to work with stakeholders and subject matter experts to build a website taxonomy. Here is a presentation with a few tips for making the taxonomy development process smoother.

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Making Taxonomy More Effective: Lessons Learned from Taxonomy Projects

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: Taxonomy|

Having worked on many a taxonomy project, this presentation details a few (relatively straightforward) lessons learned. I like to share them so you can be more successful with taxonomy. The lessons learned include: ensuring you consider the next steps for the taxonomy, taking into account the abilities of the team and technology to implement and maintain [...]

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Principles of Taxonomy: How to Get Started with Taxonomy

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Taxonomy|

When first learning about taxonomies and how they're useful, it helps to know some basics. This presentation looks at why taxonomy is useful, some examples of how taxonomy is used on websites, and different links for learning more about taxonomies.

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