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The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition
by Heather Hedden

Information Today Inc., 2016
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Summary & Endorsements
Table of Contents
Foreword by Joseph Busch
Sample Chapter
Websites from the Book

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Foreword, by Joseph Busch
About the Website
Preface to the Second Edition

Chapter 1: What Are Taxonomies?
    Definitions and Types of Taxonomies
    Taxonomies and Metadata
    Applications and Purposes of Taxonomies
    Taxonomies for License
    History of Taxonomies

Chapter 2: Who Are Taxonomists?
    Backgrounds of Taxonomists
    Taxonomist Skills
    Related Duties
    Employment of Taxonomists

Chapter 3: Creating Terms
    Concepts and Terms
    Identifying Concepts
    Choosing the Preferred Term
    Term Format
    Precoordinated Terms
    Notes and Attributes

Chapter 4: Creating Relationships
    Equivalence Relationships and Nonpreferred terms
    Hierarchical Relationships
    Associative Relationships
    Hierarchical/Associative Ambiguities
    Semantic Variations for Relationships

Chapter 5: Software for Taxonomy Creation and Management
    Software Not Designed for Creating Taxonomies
    Dedicated Taxonomy Management Software
    Single-User Desktop Thesaurus Software
    Multiuser Taxonomy Management Software
    Free and Open Source Software
    Other Software with Taxonomy Management Components

Chapter 6: Taxonomies for Human Indexing
    What is Human Indexing?
    Terms, Relationships, and Notes for Indexers
    Taxonomy Structure and Indexing Interface
    Taxonomy Updates and Quality Control
    Managing Folksonomies

Chapter 7: Taxonomies for Automated Indexing
    Automated Indexing, Search, and Taxonomies
    Automated Indexing Technologies
    Software for Auto-Categorization
    Creating Taxonomies for Automatic Indexing

Chapter 8: Taxonomies Structures
    Multiple Vocabularies and Categories

Chapter 9: Taxonomy Displays and Outputs
    Thesaurus Displays
    Hierarchical Taxonomy Displays
    Fielded Search and Faceted Displays

Chapter 10: Taxonomy Planning, Design, and Creation
    Planning for a Taxonomy
    Enterprise Taxonomies
    Taxonomy Creation Process
    Taxonomy Governance

Chapter 11: Taxonomy Implementation and Evolution
    Taxonomy Exchange and Interoperability
    Taxonomy Updating
    Combining Taxonomies
    Multilingual Taxonomies

Chapter 12: Taxonomy Work and the Profession
    The Nature of Taxonomy Work
    Taxonomists as Contractors
    Education and Training
    Organizations, Networking, and Resources

Appendix A: Survey of Taxonomists
Appendix B: Glossary
Appendix C: Recommended Reading
Appendix D: Websites
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