We already have an internal taxonomy which is used as a table of data in things like our search boxes (see the choices for "topics").
Now we are tackling the issues of how do we build a new taxonomy-like structure that also allows community members to contribute. This is very much in the folksonomy concept in sites like: del.icio.us, flickr, 43things.com, etc.
First, a quick review of things that contribute to complexity of these issues.
There are a number of faces of the same thing which I'll define to point out the differences:
- an item - a piece of content
- a topic - a specific area of content that may contain a number of separate content items brought together. It may contain other subtopics.
- a keyword - a term or abbreviation that has a definition. It is often used for search engines (a search term), glossaries (an entry), etc.
- a tag - similar to a topic however, rather a collection of content items, it is used as a marker or attribute to designate that a content item is of that topic
- a taxonomy - an organized or hierarchical layout of topics, keywords, or tags. An ontology is a similar concept.
In addition to these concepts, dW itself has some concepts we use regularly, primarily the zone which covers a major topic that we want to publish information on. Thus a zone is a variant of a topic. We also have had "special topics" (smaller than a zone), an "area" (also smaller than a zone), a "station" (guess what: smaller than a zone).