For many years, we are so used to categorise our digital files by using the hierarchical folder structure in our computer. This organising habit is certainly inherited from the way we organise the physical documents in the real world, which has become so intuitive that we’re not aware that there are better ways to do it now with digital technology!
Because of the enormous number of digital images, videos and documents that a Digital Asset Management system has to handle, tagging is becoming an important way to categorise digital assets.
When we train our customers to use the tagging method to categorise their digital assets in Digital Asset Management system, many users are not used to it. But it does not take long for them to discover the advantages of organising digital assets in flat taxonomy structure (of using tags) over the conventional hierarchical taxonomy structure (of using folders, sub folders).
For further illustration, read this article Faceted Taxonomies, written by David Diamond, Director of Global Marketing of Picturepark.