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Guidelines and Standards for Taxonomies & Other IA Controlled Vocabularies
Saturday, 3:30 - 4:45
Session One

Amy Warner
Guidelines and Standards for Taxonomies & Other IA Controlled Vocabularies
Amy Warner,

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is currently undertaking a revision of the Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Thesauri. This is an important standard for the information architecture community, as it is currently one of only a few guidelines that exist to aid in the construction of taxonomies and other controlled vocabularies for web sites. However it is currently very out of date, and only takes into consideration the requirements for building search thesauri.

As the chief editor of the revision, I am currently working on expanding the guidelines to include sections on building taxonomies, pick lists, labeling schemes, and other forms of IA controlled vocabularies. However, the guidelines for building search thesauri will be maintained. The whole standard will be updated to reflect an increasingly electronic medium for building and using controlled vocabularies, as it currently primarily emphasizes the print medium. The section on management will provide a framework and a list of resources for building and managing controlled vocabularies as well as a sense of workflow options in ongoing maintenance. It is my plan to rename the resulting document Guidelines for the Construction, Format and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies to reflect the expansion in scope.
The presentation will consist of four parts:
* A brief discussion of the confusing terminology in information architecture for controlled vocabularies with a view to providing listeners with a blueprint of options.
* A presentation of several examples of good implementations of taxonomies and thesauri on the web.
* A discussion of what the new guidelines need to do and a presentation of the basic changes that will be proposed.
* A brief outline of the process of revision and adoption by NISO.

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