Creating a taxonomy: how to get started

Increasingly, library, information and knowledge management professionals are being called on to develop or adapt taxonomies for information systems such as file plans, encoding schemes for databases, and controlled vocabularies for intranets. This course provides a practical introduction to the development of information taxonomies.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants will have:

  • Considered the main types of information taxonomy.
  • Practised developing a simple classification scheme.
  • Used classification principles to develop a thesaurus.
  • Gained an understanding of the context in which taxonomies are used.
  • Explored opportunities for taxonomy development.
  • Reviewed software tools for taxonomy development.

This course is for library and information professionals who want to create classification systems for intranets, websites, file plans, specialist collections and knowledge management environments.  It will also be of benefit to managers reviewing the role of classification systems in their organisations.

Sample programme

  • Types of classification.
  • Developing a simple classification (Exercise).
  • Context for classification – metadata.
  • Developing a controlled vocabulary or thesaurus (Exercise.)
  • Selecting taxonomy development software.
  • Identifying and adapting classification schemes.
  • Review.

About the trainer

David Haynes

David Haynes is an information consultant who has developed taxonomies, file plans, thesauri and classification schemes for a variety of clients in the public, private and third sectors.  He is course tutor for several CILIP courses on Metadata and Taxonomies.  He is also author of Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval (Facet, 2004)