Information is power, but the interpretation of information is more powerful. Well, if you are going to attempt to interpret information to create knowledge, you better be able to find the right information.
Organizations require and need a way to classify, or “tag,” content for the primary purpose of locating it throughout its lifecycle. They often implement “controlled taxonomies” which are fraught with limitations for users and require plenty of administration. Establishing and using taxonomies for the purpose of indexing content is a social activity and organizational constipation occurs when you try to formalize a social activity.
Darin Stewart, author of Building Enterprise Taxonomies, writes in his blog, “In my experience, using the ‘T’word in conversation invokes one of two responses. Either people immediately fall asleep or they run screaming from the room. There is very little middle ground. ‘Taxonomy’invokes bad memories of advanced placement biology courses and trying to remember if ‘species’ comes before ‘genus’ or vice versa.