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Taxonomies: Solution or Symptom?
Taxonomies (hierarchical topic lists) work reasonably well for e-commerce and public Web sites because the audience is well defined and the content highly vetted. But for unofficial information of the sort stored in SharePoint lists and libraries, taxonomies are less effective. Often they are only a band aid that masks a more serious underlying disease — the lack of a functional knowledge ecology. In this article, we look at:
Unofficial information: the corporate content orphan
Taxonomies work well for official content for two reasons:
For official content, taxonomies serve as a table of contents for highly selective content targeted to a specific audience. They are less effective for unofficial content because the content is of uncertain quality, and there are many possible audiences.
The migration mess