Taxonomies are often thought to play a niche role within content-oriented knowledge management projects. They are thought to be ‘nice to have’ but not essential. In this ground-breaking book, Patrick Lambe shows how they play an integral role in helping organizations coordinate and communicate effectively. Through a series of case studies, he demonstrates the range of ways in which taxonomies can help organizations to leverage and articulate their knowledge. A step-by-step guide in the book to running a taxonomy project is full of practical advice for knowledge managers and business owners alike.

Key Features

  • Written in a clear, accessible style, demystifying the jargon surrounding taxonomies
  • Case studies give real world examples of taxonomies in use
  • Step-by-step guides take the reader through the key stages in a taxonomy project


Knowledge managers; Information professionals who wish to understand the role of taxonomies in a corporate setting

Table of Contents

Defining our terms; Taxonomies can take many forms; Taxonomies and infrastructure for organisational effectiveness; Taxonomies and activities for organisational effectiveness; Taxonomies and knowledge management; What do we want our taxonomies to do? Preparing for a taxonomy project; Designing your taxonomy; Implementing your taxonomy; The future of taxonomy work.


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Chandos Publishing
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Full of insights and useful tips. You really must read it., Inside Knowledge
…this book would be undoubtedly a very useful asset. …introduces some interesting new perspectives on the importance of taxonomies within organisations., The Electronic Library
…well-illustrated and supported by a rich collection of relevant case studies., The Electronic Library