Categorization-It's All About Context

Sravanapudi, Ajay
July 2004
EContent;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 27 Issue 7/8, pS23
Trade Publication
Categorization is an integral part of any information management solution. Taxonomies matter because they help us organize knowledge. Of the many attributes of a good taxonomy, two of the most important qualities are structure and completeness. A good taxonomy has a logical and disciplined hierarchical structure of categories that make sense to the business. Good taxonomies are not too deep or too wide. They encapsulate the rigor of a knowledge worker and enable it to be reused without requiring the same discipline of the users. A good taxonomy contains all the terms used to describe the business. A good taxonomy must be complemented with good categorization. The process of routing documents into appropriate categories is a difficult problem. The difficulty increases significantly as the taxonomy becomes larger and the number of documents gets larger. Categorizing documents into logical taxonomies is absolutely essential to a complete search, retrieval and information management solution. Recognizing this, the U.S. E-Government Act of 2002 has set up a timeline for all major federal agencies to organize their public information according to taxonomies for each entity.


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