Taxonomies and Infrastructures of Social Research

Taxonomy is a strategy of knowledge, capable of managing the vast variety of different objects that experience provides us. In the social sciences, taxonomy is used in three different ways: a) to support the measurement of variables, b) to facilitate the retrieval of information, and c) as a background to support comparative research. When measuring variables, taxonomy is used as a process of classifying the units under observation and analysis into groups based on specific criteria. Information retrieval is facilitated when the evidence produced in empirical research is archived in research infrastructure based on some classifications. These assumptions can then be sought by researchers through research infrastructure. Finally, new types of infrastructure open up new possibilities for comparative research, as classifications can now be used as a basis for comparisons. The use of classification changes depending on the methodological model of empirical research.


  • Authors:Kallas J., Linardis A. Korre A.
  • Publication Year:2011
  • Citation:Kallas J., Linardis A. Korre A., 2011, 'Taxonomies and Infrastructures of Social Research', Signum, National Technical University of Athens, issue 1
  • Type:Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Thematic Area:Development and design of research infrastructures, 
  • Abstract:Greek
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