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Taxonomy is the science of classification according to a pre-determined system to allow a catalogue to be used for later information retrieval. Taxonomists are the people responsible for building the definitions, data structures and metadata to collect and classify the information.

Taxonomy jobs can be found in most sectors, however they sometimes fall under the remit of the IT department rather than information services. Nevertheless, an information management background and experience of working with metadata are essential requirements for this type of role.

A taxonomists’ skillset can cross over with information architecture, cataloguing and knowledge architecture.

Qualifications and experience

An accredited library or information science degree is usually required as is extensive experience of working with metadata. Taxonomists usually have some experience or knowledge of information architecture and cataloguing and for some roles programming or coding skills will be required.

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