For my fellow content professionals who wish to make a place for themselves in the next editorial frontier (content management, online learning, and related fields that desperately need our perspective and talents), here’s an excellent backgrounder to help you get up to speed on some key concepts.
See: Developing and Creatively Leveraging Hierarchical Metadata and Taxonomy by Christian Ricci (May 23, Boxes and Arrows).
…Yes, I realize that’s a dry, geeky title. Despite its academic tone, this article does offer incredibly useful information in a fairly clear fashion. Most importantly, it clarifies the cornerstone terms taxonomy and metadata. It also explains how to apply these concepts appropriately and effectively in order to organize and connect information. Ultimately, it’s all about context.