RedLink Develops the Most Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Academic Taxonomy in Collaboration with iSchool

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Creating an all-compassing and well-structured taxonomy for the scholarly world involving multiple academic disciplines and inter-disciplines is a humungous and ever-evolving job. Here is how RedLink, a business intelligence provider based out of the Silicon Valley, collaborated with the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool) to build RedLink taxonomy, the most comprehensive framework for analysis of academic journals.

Silicon Valley startup RedLink, a business intelligence solution provider for academic publishers, didn’t have to look far when it needed specialists to carry out in-depth research into the structure and scope of academic disciplines and to develop a comprehensive and hierarchical taxonomy. RedLink put together a team of experts led by Dr. Virginia Tucker, a leader in online asynchronous LIS (Library Information Science) education, and lecturer at San José State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool), to develop the most comprehensive taxonomy of academic disciplines.

This new classification system now covers the widest range of academic disciplines that provide RedLink an ability to develop new products and solutions for the scholarly publishing world.

Deepika Bajaj, vice president for publisher relations at RedLink, said, “We value the partnership with the credible institution, iSchool, which offers the most prestigious library science program in the country. We are excited about developing the most innovative and comprehensive RedLink taxonomy, which will open new ways for us to serve our customers better.”

Jonathan Dale, who is a part of the RedLink taxonomy team, said the team’s work “will help provide statistical information for academic publishers who can use that information to more effectively market and develop various content areas.”

Ellie Fullman, another member, added that the taxonomy work which the team is completing “[helps] the academic publishing ecosystem by bringing currently disparate organizational schemas together into one common, flexible, and consistent language that can be utilized by all.”

Tucker found that the RedLink project has benefits for other academic and professional projects as well. “The collaboration with RedLink has also enhanced my research and teaching activities in information ecosystems,” she said. “The methodologies we developed are innovative for both the industry and scholarly communities,” she added.

Bajaj noted that part of the success of the project was due to the commitment of all team members. “Everyone on the project demonstrated impeccable professionalism in collaborating to churn out an extraordinary taxonomy,” she said. “There is nothing more inspiring than a team that takes on breaking new ground and comes out with flying colors.”

About the San José State University School of Information
The San José State University (SJSU) School of Information prepares individuals for careers as information professionals. Graduates work in diverse areas of the information profession, such as user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, information governance, digital preservation, and librarianship. The SJSU School of Information is a recognized leader in online education and received the Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program award. For more information about the school, please visit: http://ischool.sjsu.edu

About RedLink
RedLink has been associated with the world of academic publishing by providing business intelligence (BI) solution to a number of publishers across different hosting platforms. It provides a simple, intuitive and user friendly interface to visualize data in a way that enables marketing and sales people to stay on top of their customers' needs, proactively deal with risks, easily spot opportunities, and grow their business. RedLink Network is the cornerstone of RedLink’s new and ambitious push to solve some of the vexing issues being faced by both the publishers and librarians by streamlining scholarly communication. For more information about RedLink, please visit http://www.redlink.com

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