When creating a taxonomy, you need to make a few decisions to end up with a well-functioning result. Uncover 5 rules to help you create an easy-to-use taxonomy for your project.
The design process
Decide what your taxonomy needs to cover. For example, if you’re selling cars, you want to cover car types, brands, fuel, and so on.
Think about how detailed you need the taxonomy to be. Always base this on what’s important to your business. Don’t categorize just for the sake of categorization.Below is an example of how NOT to do it. Check out what’s wrong and avoid such mistakes in your taxonomies. 🤞🏻
3. One term per concept
When you have the scope and granularity sorted out, you need to pick one term for each concept.For instance, some people say cars run on gas, others call it petrol. It’s the same thing. Pick one term to avoid confusion.
4. Define the terms
Define what the terms are intended for. That’s important so people in your organization know the term gas, for instance, is intended for cars that run on petrol in British English.