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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Mokita Press (January 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578078228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578078229
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Darin L. Stewart, Ph.D., is an Information Technology analyst based in Portland, Oregon. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Applied Information Management for the University of Oregon. He holds a doctorate in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh

Customer Reviews

The title of this book is misleading.
Andre
It is written in a simple and clear language, yet it is far from being simplistic or shallow.
Edward Manukian
It should not be included in the index.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Queen Aunt on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read (or attempted to read) a lot of taxonomy and thesaurus books. Most of them are either so high level that they don't even define what a taxonomy is or they are so detailed and dry that only a hardcore librarian could make it through them. This book is very readable and actually nails down what a taxonomy is and how to create them. I can also finally explain why they are important to my boss and how we can use them. The chapters on ontology and folksonomy were a nice bonus.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andre on February 10, 2011
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The title of this book is misleading. I was looking for more information about building enterprise taxonomies, but what the title does not say - it is about WEB taxonomies. I am sorry but ECM type of taxonomies are much more complicated that what this book covers. If you are looking for basic introduction to taxonomies, this book might be for you. For me this this was total waste of money. There are two problems here, firstly as I mentioned the title is misleading, secondly the Amazon preview does not show enough detail to pick it up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave Mccomb on September 11, 2008
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The writing style and ample use of illustration makes the reading zip right along. This is a big deal because so many books of this genre drag to the point that it's just too much effort to continue. Despite the breezy style it's full of good content. I've been in the taxonomy/ontology business for over a decade, and I still found new information here, and found many things I knew far better expressed here. Very clear. Nice job.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Q. Dupont on November 7, 2008
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Of all the canonical books on enterprise information management, such as Rockley's or Rosenfeld and Morville's, Stewart's recent book speaks with less authority but gets the message across in a more precise, terse, and actionable way. For good or not, Stewart does not get mired in conceptual quibbles and does not break any new ground. Unlike when Information Architecture and the World Wide Web was first introduced, Building Enterprise Taxonomies has not launched a revolution of practice and thought. Yet, Building Enterprise Taxonomies isn't really an in-the-trenches technical book either, it describes the technologies but never bothers to give you exact instructions on how to implement the strategy it sets out. So, being neither a ground-breaking conceptual book nor a technical how-to, what does Building Enterprise Taxonomies offer? A lot, actually.

More than anything, Building Enterprise Taxonomies is a first-rate resource for decision making--either helping to formulate your own strategy or providing framing arguments for convincing reluctant executives and stakeholders. Stewart does not take it for granted that people in purchasing roles will understand the value of an enterprise taxonomy; he spends considerable time offering ways to frame the decision, in addition to providing current research data (both economic and process-oriented). Building Enterprise Taxonomies would make an excellent companion to a technical resource: first you frame the situation with Stewart's data and logic, then you roadmap the process with his strategy recommendations, familiarize yourself with the technology with his jargon-free descriptions, and then find a technical manual (or hire a developer) to make the ideas come to reality.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ettinger on June 15, 2008
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Stewart has written a book that pulls together concepts, terminology and processes for folks who need to organize digital information, and he does it in a beautiful publication -- great layout, readable text and plenty of illustrative graphics. Topics span a comprehensive range of interrelated issues, from findability and controlled vocabularies, to taxonomies and ontologies. Important terms are highlighted in bold throughout. The material has been carefully researched over the past few years and presented in earlier forms as lectures in a series of university courses. Chapters are supported by extensive bibliographic notes, as well as an Index that practices what the book preaches -- that terms are polysemic (look it up here!) and that the first problem for the knowledge worker is disambiguation -- or clarifying which concept is intended when several are possible. Add in the pervasive humor, and you have a text that students should find to be an excellent learning tool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward Manukian on February 3, 2010
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This is a great book. It is written in a simple and clear language, yet it is far from being simplistic or shallow. It strikes a good balance between WHAT, HOW and WHY of taxonomies catering mostly to the big-picture-loving, philosophically-minded audiences. This is not a technical guide on how to create taxonomies. Instead, the author explores various issues that plague the world of information / content management (including search, retrieval and structuring) and provides an overview of the most fundamental concepts and methods designed to alleviate those problems. Hence taxonomies are not treated as the panacea but rather as one of the better tools one could use to mitigate some of the pain. This book is fun to read. It is filled with all kinds of meaningful examples, diagrams and pictures and in the end it produces what it claims to produce - an enhanced understanding of the subject matter.
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