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.
- 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
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About the Author
Patrick Lambe is a widely respected knowledge management consultant based in Singapore. His Master’s degree from University College London is in Information Studies and Librarianship, and he has worked as a professional librarian, as a trainer and instructional designer, and as a business manager in operational and strategic roles. He has been active in the field of knowledge management and e-learning since 1998, and in 2002 founded his own consulting and research firm, Straits Knowledge, with a partner. He is former President of the Information and Knowledge Society, and is Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Patrick speaks and writes internationally on knowledge management, and has conducted a number of taxonomy projects, usually as an integral part of larger knowledge management initiatives. He is the author of The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy (Times, 2002). His knowledge management writings are posted at www.greenchameleon.com.
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