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Records Retention Taxonomy

Records retention and taxonomies: what could be a better combination? Taxonomies help you organize and utilize your documents and data. And records retention is all about documents! This taxonomy focuses heavily on documents and records like employee records, financial records, general business records, legal records, safety records, and more. This taxonomy was created by looking at reports regarding United States statutory requirements for record-keeping, but many of these record types are important for companies around the world. A company can easily apply its own retention periods to these document categories based on statutory requirements of the specific industry or locale.

This taxonomy contains 455 terms and 1,081 synonyms. Top-level terms include:
• Consumer Information (5)
• Document Formats (34)
• Employee Related Records (154)
• Federal Statutes (23)
• Financial Records (79)
• General Business Records (74)
• Healthcare Records (4)
• Legal Records (21)
• Personal Information (2)
• Safety Records and Notices (9)
• Sales and Marketing Records (15)
• Tax Records (23)

While one taxonomy is good, multiple taxonomies to address other areas of your business is better! Check out some of our curated recommendations for other taxonomies that pair well with the

Records Retention Taxonomy

WAND has also created Taxonomy Suites which address all of the domains of knowledge within your business. Check out all of our suites here or take a look at our pick for you.

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WAND is the industry leader in developing and providing pre-built foundation taxonomies to companies around the world to improve organization, tagging, and search of unstructured and semi-structured information.

Turn any taxonomy project from a challenging build to a simple edit. Available in formats to support multiple enterprise applications, WAND Foundation Taxonomies jump-start any taxonomy initiative and are available for every industry vertical and business function.

There are more than 150 common enterprise applications that can use taxonomy covering categories like Artificial Intelligence, Search, B.I. Analytics, Big Data, Records Management, Data Mining, Knowledge Graphs, Predictive Analytics, CRM Client Classification, Expertise Identification, Document Tagging, and Sentiment Analytics.


The WAND Taxonomies  are foundation taxonomies, meaning they are designed to provide a strong starting point which can then be customized for the needs of a specific business. It’s difficult to find a taxonomy that will be a perfect fit for your needs straight out of the box, so foundation taxonomies are a great place to start because they can provide an initial 80% starting point and jumpstart. With foundation taxonomies, the time spent developing taxonomy is dramatically reduced. Foundation taxonomies provide a common-sense starting point for all stakeholders in a taxonomy project so that targeted feedback can be provided to customize the taxonomy specifically for your needs.


WAND has professional services and related tools to help customize these foundation taxonomies. Be sure to visit our news feed to learn about updates to individual taxonomies in the catalog.

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