In this post on the Earley Blog, Heather Hedden discusses various tools available for managing Taxonomies, Thesauri and Ontologies. As many DAM professionals are aware, most taxonomies tend to get developed (at least initially) with conventional desktop applications such as Excel and these are often not ideal for ongoing management:
There is a need for tools that do more than merely enabling manual adding and deleting of terms. Mapping two taxonomies is something that only a few tools support, but there are many other day-to-day taxonomy management activities that also require specialized taxonomy management software.
A number of tools are listed such as:
- Wordmap – taxonomy management software
- Data Harmony – thesaurus master
- Synaptica – Knowledge Management System (KMS)
- SchemaLogic – metadata management software
The article asks readers to examine a number of important decisions to decide what kind of taxonomy tool they require:
Ultimately, you need to determine what kind of knowledge management system/model you need to build. Can it be a simple hierarchical taxonomy? Does it need the support of nonpreferred terms? Should it have associative relationships as a thesauri? Does it need customized semantic relationships between various classes of terms, as an ontology?
Read the full article here on the Earley Associates Blog
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