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The Accidental Taxonomist, 2nd edition
by Heather Hedden

New: Second Edition, Spring 2016

Published by Information Today Inc.
496 pages/softbound
ISBN 978-1-57387-499-1
Regular Price: $39.50
Pre-order price: $23.70 (until June)
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Table of Contents
Foreword to the 2nd Edition by Joseph Busch
Foreword to the 1st Edition by Patrck Lambe
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
Sample Chapter
(PDF)
Websites from the Book
Index
(PDF)
Reviews

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The Accidental Taxonomist

 

Summary & Endorsements

Publisher's Summary

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.

Drawing on numerous real-world examples, Hedden explains how to create terms and relationships, select taxonomy management software, design taxonomies for human versus automated indexing, manage enterprise taxonomy projects, and adapt taxonomies to various user interfaces. The result is a practical and essential guide for information professionals who need to effectively create or manage taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, and thesauri.

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.


Endorsements to the Second Edition

Hedden's book has quickly established itself as a comprehensive and indespensible resource in the field. In covering numerous important new directions (and software offerings!) this second edition should applear to wide-eyed newcomvers and experienced taxonomists alike.
—Marjorie M. K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc., and Author, The TaxoBook Series

Taxonomy has finally gone mainstream and I hold The Acciental Taxonomist at least partially responsible. Hedden mashes together practical applications with librian-quality standards, bleeding-edge technologies with practitioner lifestyles. ...Read this book.
—Seth Maislin, Principle Consultant, Earley Information Science

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

Endorsements to the First Edition

In The Accidental Taxonomist, Heather Hedden has taken on the prickly challenge of setting definitions to the very terms her community of peers has trouble agreeing on! She clearly details the conceptual and practical notions of controlled vocabularies so that newcomers to the field can understand what they’ve gotten themselves into and experienced practitioners can have a common frame of reference. This work is richly packed and will become a standard reference book in the field. Ms. Hedden has taken on the challenge of controlling the terms of controlled vocabularies and provided a valuable reference book in the process.
—Christine Connors, Principal, TriviumRLG LLC

From the novice taxonomist to the experienced professional, all will find good, practical advice in The Accidental Taxonomist.
—Trish Yancey, COO Synaptica, LLC

This book squarely addresses the growing demand for and interest in taxonomy. ... Heather brings a variety of background experience, including not only taxonomy construction but also abstracting and content categorization and creating back-of-book indexes. These experiences serve her well by building a broad perspective on the similarities as well as real differences between often overlapping types of work.
—Marjorie M. K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc., and Chair, SLA Taxonomy Division

A wealth of descriptive reference content is balanced with expert guidance. … Open The Accidental Taxonomist to begin the learning process or to refresh your understanding of the depth and breadth of this demanding discipline.
—Lynda Moulton, Principal Consultant, LWM Technology Services

This book is an excellent resource for librarians and non-librarians working with taxonomies, library students, and for librarians who wish to learn more about information structure and organization.
—Rebeca Befus, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship