A taxonomy is the process of classifying things into types or groups within a broader system of things. Derived from the Greek words taxis, meaning ‘order’, and nomos, meaning ‘law’, a taxonomy is used to organize and index knowledge, such as documents, articles, and videos, into a system that makes it easier to find the information when searched for. 

A notable example of a taxonomy can be found in natural science, and the classification of animals. In the digital world, taxonomies apply structure to content components and the relationships between them. Taxonomies organize content into logical associations similar to the way that plant and animal species are managed by modern scientists.

Example use cases

  • Grouping and categorizing content into organized sets
  • Finding correlations between sets of content
  • Tracking and managing content

Key benefits

  • Make content more searchable and retrievable 
  • Reduce time spent looking for and managing content 
  • Improve user experiences with content