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Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution
The Principal Taxonomist is a member of the leadership team of the DMED Metadata Platforms team. A core function of the Metadata Platforms team is in deploying the metadata that enhances the discoverability and analysis of creative works for business units across The Walt Disney Company. Central to its work are a set of taxonomies that power the classification of content at the work, item, and storyline level.
As Principal Taxonomist, this person will assume chief responsibility for the development of new taxonomies and the maintenance of existing ones. In that capacity, they will work closely with other members of the leadership team to strategize how best to satisfy client needs and identify current gaps in the taxonomies as configured. The Principal Taxonomist will serve as the taxonomy subject matter expert in representing DMED Metadata Platforms in meetings with clients and other company representatives. As governor of the taxonomies, this person will be chiefly responsible for fielding questions about and adjudicating the correct application of vocabularies by the members of the Metadata Platforms team charged with classification of content, as well as any other teams across the company charged with authoring metadata from our taxonomies. The Principal Taxonomist will manage a team of staff and contract librarians that are charged with classification, title setup and unblocking metadata authoring within and outside the Metadata Platforms team.