ASI Webinar Replay: Taxonomy Consulting
with Heather Hedden

Taxonomy Consulting

with Heather Hedden


Freelance taxonomy work or taxonomy consulting is a growing area that freelance information management professionals may want to consider. Companies, nonprofits, and government agencies have an increasing number of documents and content items that they need to better organize in order to manage and find. Taxonomies provide a systematic way to tag or categorize content so it can be efficiently used or retrieved. A taxonomy needs to be customized for an organization’s contents, its users, and its needs.

Designing and creating a taxonomy is a type of short-term project most suitable for consultants. Following a brief introduction to the types and uses of taxonomies, this webinar covers the topics of taxonomy consulting clients, project types, scoping and proposals, phases and components, deliverables, and administrative matters, and concludes with a look at taxonomy and related skills.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the types and uses of taxonomies
  • Connect with taxonomy consulting clients
  • Define project types
  • Craft your taxonomy proposal
  • Position yourself as a taxonomy consultant

Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale, a Cengage Learning Company, where she edits the subject thesaurus for the indexing and retrieval of Gale research database content and develops discipline taxonomies for educational products. Previously, she worked as a taxonomist at Viziant and First Wind and as taxonomy consultant at PPC and self-employed through Hedden Information Management.

As a consultant, Heather designed and developed numerous taxonomies and metadata strategies for both web content and internal content management for diverse client. She is a past manager of the Taxonomies & Controlled Vocabularies and Digital Publications Indexing SIGs and past president of the New England Chapter of ASI. Heather teaches online workshops in taxonomy creation through Hedden Information Management and is author of The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc., 2010, 2016).

The live webinar event was May 22, 2018.

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