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IDQ Webinars: with Joseph Busch


Evaluating Taxonomies for Organizing Information


Taxonomies are developed in communities and evolve over time. From the outset there is a need to evaluate existing schemes for organizing content and questions about whether to build or buy them. Once built out and implemented, taxonomies require ongoing revisions and periodic evaluation to keep them current and structurally consistent. Taxonomy evaluation includes the following dimensions which will be discussed in this webinar.

  • Editorial evaluation — including depth and breadth, comprehensiveness, currency, relationships, polyhierarchy (is it applied appropriately), and naming conventions.
  • Collection analysis — category usage analytics (is distribution of categories appropriate), completeness and consistency, and query log/content usage analysis.
  • Market analysis — including industry standards/leaders, user surveys, card sorting, and task based usability.

Examples will be provided from public, non-profit and commercial client projects.

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About the Author

Joseph Busch

Mr. Busch is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Taxonomy Strategies. Taxonomy Strategies guides global companies, government agencies, international organizations and not-for-profits such as Nike, Oracle, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the International Monetary Fund and Harvard Business Publishing in developing metadata frameworks and taxonomy strategies. Before founding Taxonomy Strategies, Joseph Busch held management positions at Interwoven, Metacode Technologies, the Getty Information Institute and PriceWaterhouse. He is a Past President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and past member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.

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Robin Rappaport is the Data Quality Team Leader responsible for delivery of the Data Quality Initiative for Research Databases at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Her work and that of her team contributed to the IRS being awarded a Computerworld Honor and a Government Computer News (GCN) Gala Award. She has over 25 years of experience as a Data Quality practitioner. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics with Computer Science. Her graduate work was in Operations Research with a concentration in Mathematical Modeling in Information Systems. She has worked in both private (6 years) and public sectors (since June 1990). Her positions include Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, and Operations Research Analyst.

In addition to IQ International, the International Association for Information & Data Quality, she is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). She was Chairman, Individual Membership for the Washington, D.C. chapter from 1987- 1990. She was elected Secretary and served from 1990 - 1991.

Contact Robin by email at robin [dot] rappaport [AT] iaidq [dot] org

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