Enterprise Taxonomy Services


Creating a corporate taxonomy is an information management best practice for any organization. Taxonomy provides a common language for a business to use when tagging and organizing information, documents, or expertise. Establishing a corporate taxonomy ensures that when information is created, it is organized, findable, and shareable across the organization. Often times, companies aren't sure how to start. That's where WAND's expertise can help. Our proven taxonomy development processes deliver a high quality result with minimal impact on your team. Don't just take our word for it. WAND has helped our client, Goodwill Industries, create a taxonomy that was cited as a critical part of its Nelson Nielsen Group award winning intranet.  





Custom Taxonomy Road Map


A three week long, fixed-cost engagement ideal for a company who wants to lay out a taxonomy strategy and get organizational buy-in before beginning the actual taxonomy construction. WAND will come on site for 2 days in the first week to:

  1. Perform an initial content audit
  2. Conduct end user interviews to understand how content is used in your organization and what taxonomies are necessary to support effective search and work flow
  3. Evaluate any existing taxonomies that may exist in the organization
  4. Determine which WAND Foundation Taxonomies can speed up the taxonomy creation process. At the end the three week engagement, WAND will deliver a detailed custom taxonomy road map document that acts as a way forward for deploying taxonomies inside of an organization.



Taxonomy Customization and Development


Perfect for a company who is ready to begin creating taxonomies, but wants expertise to drive the process. The Taxonomy Customization and Development engagement begins with an initial content audit and end user interviews (if you have already completed the Custom Taxonomy Road Map engagement, this step will be complete). WAND will then begin to build out taxonomies (either customizing WAND Foundation Taxonomies or, if necessary, starting from scratch) for the areas identified in the content audit. We engage with the client to get iterative feedback on the taxonomy that is being built to ensure the terms and synonyms reflect the terminology the organization uses.


The final deliverable is a taxonomy that is specifically created and customized for your organization and is ready to be imported into your taxonomy management tool or software solution.



Taxonomy Governance


A taxonomy governance engagement is designed for a company who has taxonomy and wants to make sure it is maintained and grows for the future. WAND will deliver a set of governance policies and procedures reflecting best practices and our years of expertise. The client can then use this document as a guide to govern taxonomy, or WAND can be retained for a few hours each month to perform the governance and maintenance.