In general, taxonomy is a hierarchical structure for the classification or organization of data, historically used by biologists to classify plants or animals according to a set of natural relationships.
In content management and information architecture, taxonomies are typically leveraged as a tool for organizing content. Strictly, a taxonomy is just the hierarchical structure of the content, but with most complex content ecosystems, the term also often refers to metadata and controlled vocabularies.
“Metadata” describes an asset and provides a meaningful set of attributes that can be used to further classify or consume content. A “controlled vocabulary” is a restricted list of words or terms used for indexing or categorizing, often with cross-references pointing from a non-preferred term to the preferred term. To make it more fuzzy, the taxonomy (hierarchical structure) is also metadata.
Students should combine programming, diagramming and drawing and painting imagery (digital or or by hand) along with conceptualized mapping techniques using created imagery to completely “replace” the program with visualized abstracted “morphogenic” symbols.
This will be a fundamental part of the October 13th Presentation.