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HIERARCHY
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    Taxonomy


    Definition:
    Used to denote any system of things arranged in levels. It does not imply a whole / part, generic, instance, or any other specific hierarchical relationship. In records management classification tools, the hierarchy is usually function - activity - subject/transaction.


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  2. Context:
    Taxonomy


    Definition:
    An arrangement of items (objects, names, values, categories, etc.) in which the items are represented as being "above," "below," or "at the same level as" one another. The only direct links in a hierarchy, insofar as they are hierarchical, are to one's immediate superior or to one of one's subordinates, although a system that is largely hierarchical can also incorporate alternative hierarchies. Indirect hierarchical links can extend "vertically" upwards or downwards via multiple links in the same direction, following a path. All parts of the hierarchy which are not linked vertically to one another nevertheless can be "horizontally" linked through a path by traveling up the hierarchy to find a common direct or indirect superior, and then down again.


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See also

BROADER TERM
CHILD TERM
HIERARCHICAL DISPLAY
HIERARCHICAL RELATIONSHIP
MONOHIERARCHICAL STRUCTURE
NARROWER TERM
NODE LABEL
PARENT TERM
POLYHIERACHICAL STRUCTURE