At the core of EdGate’s business is the EdGate taxonomy. EdGate has been engaged in an ongoing process of creating our educational taxonomies for well over a decade. The basis for our taxonomy is rooted in the educational standards from both the United States and International standards and the refinement of our taxonomies over time has given us the ability to fully understand what is being taught in classrooms across the world.
The EdGate taxonomy is a list of educational concepts broken down by subject area. The EdGate Controlled Vocabulary System ™ reflects concepts that are taught as part of the educational standards in each subject area. The taxonomy has up to five levels of granularity, with the concept tags created at the lowest level.
When a content unit (such as a video or lesson) has been tagged, the data is uploaded to EdGate’s system where our technology dynamically “marries” the content to the standards. The system searches for standards which contain the same concepts applied to each content unit. It is through the concepts (tags) that the content correlates to the standards.
EdGate is capable of creating specific taxonomies for varying grades, subjects and purposes. Publishers who need to organize content, create a hierarchy, correlate by concept or have a specific need for a taxonomy call upon EdGate to create taxonomies based on specific requirements.
EdGate offers taxonomies for more than just K-12. For example, for our higher education and professional publishing clients, we’ve created taxonomies for Microsoft Office applications and computer concepts. We’ve then aligned the taxonomies to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification outcomes and to IC3 certification outcomes. EdGate can create a taxonomy for any subject area, at any educational level, and align the taxonomy to content or educational outcomes.