Taxonomies and Content Management

My formal introduction to Vignette Content Management began with this statement:  “Vignette has three hierarchical organizations for content.”   Put another way, you need three taxonomies to make Vignette work its best.

So what does that mean?  One definition of taxonomy is: “A defined hierarchy of categories; a tree-like structure of terminology that defines how categories relate to one another. Taxonomy provides a conceptual framework for discussion, analysis, or information retrieval.”

Vignette uses taxonomic structures for organizing where content is stored and managed, how it is navigated on websites, and  how it is categorized or classified for a variety of uses.   Other content platforms leverage taxonomies.  The facets in a faceted search experience are another example of a taxonomy.

A taxonomy is a powerful model for organizing information.  In the vast sea of information found inside every enterprise, the correct use of taxonomies can make content findable and ultimately help you, your employees, partners, and customers become more productive.

Interested in learning more?  Avalon and our partner PPC are sponsoring a free webinar series that will help you Cultivate Content Management Success through Planned, Managed, and Implemented Taxonomies. For more information and to register, click here.

Niels Nielsen About Niels Nielsen

Niels believes that Information Technology is as much about information as it is about technology. Before becoming an IT consultant, Niels had a first career in publishing and draws on that experience to help clients use information and technology to meet their enduring enterprise needs: make decisions, teach, learn, ensure compliance, satisfy customers’ needs, increase productivity, improve quality, and so forth. As a Washington DC-based Practice Manager, Niels applies these beliefs for clients in government, non-profit, telecommunications, hospitality, media, and other industries.

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