"A well-written, well-structured book ... highly recommended to all involved in building taxonomies and on the verge of entering this field. It is also highly recommended to faculty teaching about taxonomies-both as a resource to develop their own teaching material and as recommended material for students."
-Ina Fourie, The Electronic Library
The Accidental Taxonomist is the most comprehensive guide available to the art and science of building information taxonomies. Heather Hedden—a leading taxonomy expert and instructor—walks readers through the process, displaying her trademark ability to present highly technical information in straightforward, comprehensible English.
In this fully revised second edition, Hedden provides updates on taxonomy standards, development techniques, and career opportunities for taxonomists. She presents fresh survey data and offers new and expanded coverage of such critical topics as taxonomy testing, metadata, linked data, and SharePoint. Drawing on numerous real-world examples, she explains how to create terms and relationships, select taxonomy management software, design taxonomies for human versus automated indexing, manage enterprise taxonomy projects, adapt taxonomies to various user interfaces, and more.
"Taxonomy has finally gone mainstream and I hold The Accidental Taxonomist at least partially responsible. Hedden mashes together practical applications with librarian-quality standards, bleedingedge technologies with practitioner lifestyles ... Read this book."
—Seth Maislin, Principal Consultant,
Earley Information Science
"Hedden's book has quickly established itself as a comprehensive and indispensable resource in the field. In covering numerous important new directions (and software offerings!) this second edition should appeal to wide-eyed newcomers and experienced taxonomists alike."
—Marjorie Hlava, President, Access Innovations,
and Author, the TaxoBook Series
June 2016 | 496 pp/softbound | ISBN 978-157387-528-8
Ebook Editions are available.