Integrating Taxonomy with CMS – Book Chapter in Publication

The final draft has been submitted… Mark your calendars…

The Information Management Best Practices 2009 book is going to publication this week, in hopes of being ready for launch at the J.Boye Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, Nov 2-4. I’ll be there, giving a talk on SharePoint IA, but also to lend a hand with the book launch activities.

I’m proud to have a chapter in this book, with co-authors Seth EarleyCharlie Gray (CMS & Taxonomy Strategist, Motorola), on one of our most in-depth and successful projects – integrating taxonomy with CMS at Motorola. The best practice covers the steps below in great detail, offering practical advice and screenshots from the actual implementation at Motorola.


  • Step 1: Educate Stakeholders on Taxonomy
  • Step 2: Bring a Taxonomy Expert onto your CMS Implementation Team
  • Step 3: Determine Functional Requirements
  • Step 4: Harmonize Requirements with Front-End Design
  • Step 5: Figure Out Where you Want to Use Taxonomy: Create an Integration Plan
  • Step 6: Integrate Taxonomy into the Content Model
  • Step 7: Decide on a Technical Approach to Taxonomy: Native CMS Function, Customization, or Externally Managed Taxonomy
  • Step 8: Use Collaborative Methods to Develop Taxonomy-Powered Functionality
  • Step 9: Select Appropriate Tagging Mechanisms to Make Taxonomy Easy to Use
  • Step 10: (Re)Educate Users

(See a more detailed sneak preview)

I’m excited to see our experience with Motorola in print – it was a fantastic project with many interesting challenges and solutions.

If you are embarking on a content management project, I highly recommend ordering this book.Edited by Bob Boiko, Erik Hartman and Tony Byrne, Information Management Best Practices 2009 is a “compilation of high quality best practice guidance, written for and by information management experts across the globe. The 2009 edition presents step-by-step best practices from organizations like:

  • ANWB (NL)
  • BBC (UK)
  • Canadian Department of National Defense (CAN)
  • CMS Watch (USA)
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (USA)
  • Essex County Council (UK)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)
  • Hewlett-Packard (USA)
  • Microsoft (USA)
  • Motorola (USA)
  • University of Washington (USA)
  • Philips (NL)
  • Wienerberger (AU)
  • Wipro (USA)
  • World Bank (USA)”

Pre-order your copy today!

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