In the last blog post I mentioned how building a kitchen sink taxonomy ended up deadened in the search capabilities because it dulled the specificity. Below is a taxonomy I build that includes several different facets for the different genres within science/fiction and fantasy literature. Rather than simply labeled all books as fiction the taxonomy includes the different sub-genres that make up each niche genre.

Taxonomy Key:
  • [TT]: “Top Term”: the highest level in the hierarchy that represents a larger group.
  • [PT]: “Primary Term”: The official term for that concept within the taxonomy.
  • [G]: “Group”: The different facets that comprise that taxonomy. Not really a specific term, but more a collection of like-terms.