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How to Kill a Knowledge Environment with a Taxonomy

Patrick Lambe has written a post on aiming for a balance when it comes to taxonomy and folksonomy and he does so by referencing Jane Jacobs's "The death and life of great American cities":

"The task of the taxonomist or information architect is not to provide absolute consistency and standardization, maximum tidiness, and complete information efficiency. Optimizing efficiency in a complex system, as Jacobs noted in regard to cities, destroys the resilience of that system and its capacity to adapt to new circumstances. So the task of the taxonomist or information architect is not to optimize efficiency, but to optimize effectiveness, and that always means sub-optimal efficiency. Consistency and standardization must be sufficient for effectiveness and the meeting or your goals and no more than sufficient."

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