Summary & Endorsements
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the novice taxonomist to the experienced professional, all will find
good, practical advice in The Accidental Taxonomist.
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.
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.
—Rebeca Befus, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship