Raising Awareness

"The IWMW event provides an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions."

IWMW 2010 is the fourteenth workshop. This year's theme is 'The Web in Turbulent Times'.
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Institutional Web Management Workshop 2010

Parallel Session B5: Taxonomy: Creating structure across content using metadata

B5: Taxonomy: Creating structure across content using metadata
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Tuesday 13th July 2010 16:00-17:30
Matthew Hoskins, Web Content Management Project Officer, University of Leeds.

The use of a taxonomy in creating structured content allows emergent patterns in content to drive navigation. By using a taxonomy to create novel tags for content it is possible to produce strong navigational effects and use this to encourage investment in metadata in your content. Using metadata to produce front end effects, allows richer content that is easier to exploit in novel ways and gives a positive feedback process to encourage metadata production.

On the other hand this approach risks polluting your taxonomy with meaningless tags that are so specific they have no meaning unless otherwise explained.

At Leeds this approach is paying dividends in allowing flexible navigation and content reuse.

Contact Details

Matthew Hoskins
University of Leeds
2 Great George
Phone: +44 (0) 113 34 37635


Matthew Hoskins is Web Content Management Project Officer in the Web Team at the University of Leeds. He has had a long career in content publishing to drive a determination to bring what might be seen as 'traditional' discipline to the Web and welcomes the increasing professionalization of web content editorial practices. He is a Librarian and finds this to be complementary with his current duties. He has been based at Leeds for 5 years and previously was in Learning Resources at the University of Bedfordshire for 10 years.


Video Interview

A video interview with Matthew Hoskins, the workshop facilitator, is available on the IWMW 2010 blog.