The University of Leeds has developed an equipment inventory taxonomy to systematically classify research equipment by its primary function in a way that is intuitive to the end user within a research environment. This is based on a simple three level structure where class is the top level, order is the middle level and genus the lowest level.
The taxonomy is constantly evolving and we welcome input into this process. A copy of the latest version, along with comprehensive guidance notes to help in classifying equipment can be found here.
A video by Professor Edmund Linfield showing how to use the taxonomy can be found here.
This system has been adopted by a number of other institutions, including across the N8 partnership of research intensive universities in the North of England (Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York). If you have any queries or would like to discuss how to implement the taxonomy within your institution please contact Danielle Hankin.