[Taxacom] Nomenclature vs taxonomy et al.

Una Smith una.smith at att.net
Sat Aug 19 06:13:50 CDT 2006

I am a voting member of ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare
Informatics.  That committee writes standards documents,
and currently is writing multiple standards in which the
term "nomenclature" is used to mean a variety of things
other than a nomenclature.  Usually, it is used to mean a
taxonomy, classification, or even a controlled vocabulary.
This use of "nomenclature" reflects common (mis)usage in
the medical community.

Can any TAXACOMer recommend reading material (preferably
published) that may help to explain what is a taxonomy and
what is a nomenclature?

Thanks in advance,

	Una Smith
	New Mexico
By the way, the sole purpose of ASTM technical committees
is to write voluntary consensus standards;  the committees
are open to all stakeholders who apply, not by invitation
nor election;  and full participation is possible without
ever attending a meeting.  Development of draft documents
and voting is conducted online, and the ASTM process has a
very strong peer review component.  http://www.astm.org

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