“My point is to reiterate that taxonomists need to adapt and work with technology to improve the results of what they can achieve for enterprises” explains Theresa Regli, who has lots of experience with taxonomies and explores the future of taxonomies and their relationship with technology. She highlights the strengths of people working on taxonomies while explaining she does not see a future where only machines are building taxonomies and organizational schemes completely without human input. Certain content-extracting and organizing tools presently can do some of that kind of work and have come a long way in recent years, but people might still win out because of specialized subject knowledge and knowing how other humans are likely to use any scheme.
“Taking taxonomies beyond what technology can achieve on its own is the metadata architect’s challenge for the next decade, because technology is at the point where it achieves what taxonomists were doing a decade ago.”
“It’s only by studying the ‘how’ of technology just as much as the ‘what’ of the content that we’ll get to the next stage of content management, search, and information access.”
By the way, there’s been a lot of buzz about the new Special Libraries Association Taxonomy Division.
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