Taxonomy is the art of putting classification into practice…. It’s essential to get this bit right for all self respecting Information\knowledge management experts. In the context of SharePoint (a enterprise wise, departmental, team, individual website) A taxonomy is a structured way of ordering words, labels, tags, etc. for a Web site. It’s similar to a vocabulary list with a set of guidelines for definitions and usage.

A taxonomy helps to define and control the way a Web site is organized, what things are named, and how people find information. In short, a taxonomy makes it easier to organize and find things on a Web site. 

To date most of the taxonomy advice that I give my clients comes from discussions with  an SME or the business and it’s current practices. But last night I found a really useful resource which I intend to put to use for all new projects.