Understanding Taxonomy and Vocabulary

Taxonomy, defined, is the science of classification. In the case of Drupal, Taxonomy is the system of classifying your content. 

SiteFarm will give you the means to create and manage collections of terms, called vocabularies, to help you group content together and cross-reference it and link related content together.

Let's take an example of a site with a very active news section. It contains a news article about a specific student researcher who has received an award for her work. In SiteFarm, you might do the following:

  • Create a Category
    • In the taxonomy section, you might edit the Article Category vocabulary and add a term of 'Science' to the list.
  • Create your article and assign it the 'news' type
    • Assign to it the new Science term in its Categorizing section.
  • Add existing tags as well as new tags on the fly
    • You might already have tags from previous entries for things like:
      • the program the student is enrolled in
      • the topic of research
      • organizations the article references, like National Science Foundation (NSF) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Additionally, you could create new ones, right in place, by typing the following to the article's tag field:
      • name of the award given the student
      • the student researcher's name

Fig. 1
Screen capture from an actual article posted in the UC Davis News.

Example of a real news page with tags and categories
*Please note that SiteFarm users will only be able to select ONE Category assignment, not two.

As these terms and vocabularies are clicked on by a visitor, it's possible to display Views listing just that specific term or vocabulary, allowing your visitors to find the information of most interest to them in a more granular way.