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Let's Talk Taxonomy - Guest Speaker Gary Carlson

Gary Carlson, will be presenting on taxonomy, metadata and content at the IA/UX Meetup on September 11, 2012. Great topic from a fellow Content Strategy member.

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Gary Carlson on Taxonomy:

All too often, we have found that user experience and UX design work is not well connected to taxonomy and metadata development efforts, even though both are highly interrelated. For example, a design might be proposed that needs segmentation of content by user role, but there may not be metadata associated with content that captures user role, resulting in the need for detailed review of content and hand coding to create the experience.

In this presentation we will talk about how we have married the two design and development processes assuring that the experience design and metadata and taxonomy infrastructure are synchronized and integrated. The end result is that the experience design team builds designs which are sustainable and manageable using available metadata and that the metadata and taxonomy team has full access to the design considerations that drive their work. We’ll highlight the key integration points in the dual development processes and show a few examples from recent projects.

Gary Carlson has over 20 years of experience as a taxonomist, consultant, project manager, product manager, and information manager working for small to Fortune 100 companies. He has worked extensively on major information and knowledge management projects and products spanning taxonomy tools, search, auto-categorization, SharePoint 2010 implementations, expert systems, content management, governance and overall information infrastructure.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to join my first CSS event soon.

    Meanwhile, I want to let you know of a project that will be presented by a colleague to the United Nations, at the International Day of Peace, on September 21. The project asks, 'If you could create an all-new world, what you would want?'. It would be wonderful to have you each offer a vision by answering 4 short questions by end of day Saturday (survey:​s/53T32RW; video overview: and to share the survey for friends, family, and co-workers to answer. The survey allows for anonymity. For a printable copy to share with those without Internet access, please email me. Thanks for your help!

    September 11, 2012

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