and Standards for Taxonomies & Other IA Controlled Vocabularies
3:30 - 4:45
Guidelines and Standards for Taxonomies & Other IA Controlled
Amy Warner, Lexonomy.com
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 However it is currently very out
of date, and only takes into consideration the requirements for building search
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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