IA Summit 2018 Main Conference TalkTopic(s): content strategy, information architecture, strategy, taxonomy, and techniques
Is a hot dog a sandwich? Who gets to decide? And why does it matter? As demonstrated by Foucault, all categorization is fluid and context-driven.
In IA, taxonomies need to be project-specific. Taxonomic thinking is also design thinking, as classification and category-determining strategies are project-specific design decisions that affect — and are informed by — the rest of the information architecture.
Using the #IsAHotDogASandwich meme as a point of departure, we will explore how taxonomic decisions are context-driven — and also how the act of designing a taxonomy can lead to unexpected project/content/design insights.
About the speaker(s)
After early career stops as a philosopher, music theorist, and wine geek, Bob Kasenchak has settled in as a taxonomist and Director of Business Development at Access Innovations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bob designs taxonomy and metadata projects for scholarly publishers and other clients, as well as arguments about linked data, text analytics, and sandwiches.