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This white paper looks at the best practices guidelines for various aspects of taxonomy design.

Taxonomy Design Best Practices

Designing a taxonomy involves a careful balance of both general taxonomy best practices and the specific use cases involved. Since the purpose of a taxonomy is to help users, taxonomy design best practices are flexible. There are industry “guidelines” (ANSI/NISO), rather than “standards.” This white paper looks at the best practices guidelines for various aspects of taxonomy design, including overall structure, term inclusion and wording, hierarchy, facets other relationships, and variant terms.

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