13 October 2009

Content Types in SharePoint

Taxonomy expert Stephanie Lemieux (Earley & Associates) and I had a great Skype discussion about creating and managing content types in SharePoint.  The conversation centered around whether you should create lots of content types, supporting a very granular taxonomy of documents or creating fewer content types, supporting a larger variety of documents.  Stephanie published a great blog article about it on her blog.  

Stephanie and I both concluded that fewer content types is probably a far better bet.  In fact, there are both taxonomic and technical reasons supporting our position.  From a content management perspective, content management guru Bob Boiko had a great quote in the article:

"How many content types is the right number? The fewest possible to squeeze the most value out of the info you possess.

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