Controlled Vocabularies: A Glosso-Thesaurus

Card Sorting

An exercise that can be used to help create a controlled vocabulary. In a card sort, users are asked to group cards into like categories or to name categories of like items. Card sorting can be used to compile lists of variant terms or to verify the relationships in a hierarchy. For additional information, see Card-Based Classification Evaluation by Donna Maurer or the IAWiki page on card sorting.