While each taxonomy project has its own quirks, there is a basic methodology we can use for planning, building, and maintaining a 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.
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 [...]
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.
When I start working on taxonomy projects, it's common that some team members don't understand how taxonomy can help their website's user experience or the writer's experience in finding and re-using content. One of the easiest ways to explain how taxonomy works is to show examples of taxonomy. Here are a few examples of how website taxonomy can be used to improve search results, browse by category, and automatically build pages on a website.
A taxonomy is a list of terms you use to categorize and find your information again, without having to look through every file, image, document, or web page. Using a taxonomy in a corporate, government, or organizational environment allows you to find and re-use content and helps your users search and browse for information. This presentation gives you the basics of taxonomy with examples to illustrate just how useful it is!
When I take clients through the process of usability testing, they have some typical questions at the beginning of the process. How does usability testing work? How do we make sure everything is set up properly? How do we recruit users? Here’s an overview of what to expect as you go through the process of preparing [...]
As part of a complete website redesign, this non-profit needed to consolidate existing taxonomies and create an up-to-date taxonomy for use on their new website. Here's a look at how we approached this project.
This U.S.-based member-driven professional organization needed to create an enterprise taxonomy to consolidate their information resources and make better use of their limited financial resources. As the lead taxonomist and project manager, I worked with the client and a junior taxonomist to run card sorting, create a taxonomy framework, build out the taxonomy, and test the taxonomy. Here's a more in-depth look at the project.