I just read a really good blog post about how and why to employ a controlled vocabulary and thesaurus for e-commerce or web applications. Looking for Metadata in all the Wrong Places discusses everything from the basic definition of a controlled vocabulary (CV) – “a CV is simply a pre-determined list of standard terms used to describe a particular subject domain” – to some great resources.
Ultimately, the best method of creating a vocabulary for a specific domain might be to borrow and adapt an existing thesaurus or to grow a CV over time. This blog post talks about these methods, explores pros and cons and finally touches upon three important considerations:
- Users – Who will use it?
- Content – What will it be used to describe?
- Context – Where and how will it be used?
This is an article worth reviewing if you are in the planning stages of a CV project.