Taxonomy and Terminology

Many people are confused about taxonomy and terminology. And with good reason. Both taxonomy and terminology use words – often the same words. They are both ways of controlling your vocabulary. However, taxonomy and terminology are used for different purposes. In this presentation, we will define taxonomy and terminology. We will examine how they are different and where they intersect. We will also cover some best practices for managing them both.

What can the audience expect to learn?

There is a lot of confusion in the industry about the differences and similarities between taxonomy and terminology. Both are important aspects of developing technical documentation. Both involve words. And to a large extent, they are related. However, taxonomy and terminology serve very different purposes. At the end of the presentation, the audience will understand how to use both taxonomy and terminology in a successful content strategy process.

Meet the presenter

Val helps companies solve complex content problems. She is a well-known expert in content strategy, structured authoring, global content, content development, and terminology management. Val believes content should be easy to read, cost-effective to create and translate, and efficient to manage. Her customers include industry giants such as Google, Cisco, Visa, Facebook, and Verizon Wireless. She’s the author of three books. Her latest is, “Global Content Strategy: A Primer,” an introduction to creating and managing global content.

When not working with customers, Val can be found sitting behind her sewing machine working on her latest quilt. She also makes a mean hummus.

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