Starting a taxonomy project #sla2013

Alice Redmond-Neal talked about what a taxonomy is and how to build one.

Miraida Morales talked about designing a taxonomy for an e-commerce site selling antiques and luxury goods. Site allowed dealers to upload information on their products, but there were a lot of errors.

Did research on what people actually call things.

Many cross references:

  • Meta-tags (picked up by Google, Yahoo)
  • Internal search
  • Auto completions: help users avoid typos, ambiguous terms

Used http://schema.org/Product

Re-directs from pages based on old names for things.

Carpets vs. rugs (people think of carpets as wall-to-wall)

couches vs. sofas

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