SIGIA-L Mail Archives: RE: SIGIA-L: Suggestions for a taxonomy?
RE: SIGIA-L: Suggestions for a taxonomy?
From: Christopher Fahey [askrom] (askROM_at_graphpaper.com)
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 23:11:21 EST
> I'm looking for any recommendations for a good
> taxonomy to serve as the basis of their hierarchy.
> The top-level of the hierarchy will be domains
> such as Business, Science, Information
> Technology, etc. Does anyone have a suggestion
> for a taxonomy that would address this area
There's no way anybody could give you any taxonomy advice worth a cent
unless you tell us a lot more information about your client. Who is
their customer? What do they sell (if anything)? We have no idea if
"learning business" means that they teach online, they teach in
classrooms, they sell teaching supplies, they sell learning software
packages, they sell information about teaching, etc.
Anyway, most of us would charge a few thousand bucks and spend a few
weeks coming up with an answer to that question! ;)
I do have one bit of advice, though, which is to step back and look at
the top level of the heirarchy from the end user's perspective. I like
to make sure that the options there do at least these two things:
1) All types of people who come to the site (and with all types of
reasons for visiting your site) find the link to what they want.
2) Especially the ones who make up the biggest percentages of your
I would also wonder if the areas you list are appropriate (again I have
no idea what the business is). Maybe the top level should instead be
grade level, like (Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, College,
Post-Graduate)? Or maybe it should be user type: (Students, Teachers,
Administrators)? Or maybe it would be more sales-oriented (Products,
Customer Service, etc). Again, it really depends on the who and why of
the people visiting the site.
I hope that helps!
[christopher eli fahey]
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