When you’re coming up with a metadata strategy for your content, you should start by developing a taxonomy, or a hierarchy used to organize metadata. A taxonomy will help shape your metadata strategy and make implementation of that strategy possible. In this follow-up post to Making metadata in DITA work for you, you’ll learn some tips for creating a taxonomy that will succeed in helping your audience—both internal and external—find what they need.


A couple of disclaimers:

  • This is a simple overview of taxonomies, intended for those with little or no experience in developing them.
  • Some industries (such as medical or pharmaceutical) use pre-defined terminology, so their taxonomies will need to match those terms rather than reinvent them.

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