Classifications are instrumental in measuring the condition of ecosystems, economies, etc.


Name1 Classification
Target Outcome
Social actors and roles the analyst
Trigger or preceding interaction Determination of the population (of entities); Definition of the classes.
Interfaces and services Class and hierarchy definitions in a taxonomy. Examples include the classifications maintained by United Nations Statistics Division
Inputs and outputs input: an ecosystem with variations in the population (members); a taxonomy output: for each member of the population, class membership is known.
Stores and tools Definition of the classification criteria for a population of entities with similarities.
Other characteristics
Part of
Parts Taxonomy definition and maintenance
Succeeding Interactions Some form of analytic observation on the members of the population.
Action Realm Monitoring & Evaluation
Risks That the classification does not include sufficient meaningful distinctions of the ecosystem's population/activities. For instance, until 2007, the Harmonised System did not include bambooproducts (The challenge of Fine-tuning classification systems to products and economic activities of the south) (see also Trade).
Further reading Classification (Wikipedia)

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