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Taxonomies are everywhere in information management, but they are hardly ever formally acknowledged and managed.

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Comments (8)
Malcolm, this article should be required reading for developers, data modellers and yes taxonomists everywhere. If you need another example of the disconnect between what, for example, a business understands and a modeller delivers look at 'types'. The carelessness and utter disregard for business semantics that people display while employing it to describe a domain of discourse is destructive at best.

Classification happens everywhere in the digital world - no exceptions. What the "classifiers" fail to understand is the semantic disconnects they create (and ambiguity, redundancy and generally higher level of cost and risk) when they haphazardly toss objects, entities and relations into a bucket without thinking.

If businesses want to know the primary contributory factor to our current digital landfills they can read this article.


Posted by John O | Friday, February 17 2012 at 11:37AM ET
My son is a history scholar (gaining stature: won this year's AHA award for best undergraduate paper), a student of Foucault, and was familiar with the Borges essay as well. Isn't often he and I get to discuss each other's disciplines in a common forum! Your article provided a unique opportunity to deepen the father-son bond, as well as to key him into the possibility that interesting opportunities might be available to him in IT if he can't make a living in academia (a nagging concern of his parents). Thanks...
Posted by Judson W | Friday, February 17 2012 at 11:50AM ET
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