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Microsoft's Connections Conference - Share Point Governance and Information Architecture

Last week I attended Microsoft's Connections Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. This is the second of my posts of information from the conference. This post is about Share Point Governance which was given by Shane Young of

Governance is very important to how you setup your Share Point site especially now that Share Point is trying to position itself as an enterprise portal solution. Governance is related to Taxonomy (simplest description of taxonomy that I know of is that it is the classification of content). Shane emphasized setting up a governance committee when you are first starting to implement a Share Point solution. It was also stressed that one should make sure to have site owners so that content in each branch of your portal will stay up-to-date to encourage adoption of the Share Point.

Some great tools that were suggested at the session can be found at These tools include a site recovery toll, a life cycle management tool and a usage reporting tool. It was also mentioned that the Share Point Asset Inventory Toolkit will be released soon as this promises to be a useful set of tools.

Governance and Taxonomy are a huge topics and this session was a quick high level overview on some practical ways to accomplish governance and taxonomy on your Share Point portal. For more detailed information on governance read Joel Oleson's blog on the subject by clicking here.

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