Yes, hi Adrien, thanks for checking in.
The taxonomy at REL - actually there are several, it is more like an ontology really - is still what I would call a prototype in development, although it has been fairly stable during this initial phase of the project.
The “tribes” is one of the high level classifications or clustering, based on a mix of several attributes selected from the actual survey data (things like Economic Paradigm, Primary Output, etc.). The other two high level groupings we looked at so far is Themes, and Archetypes. You could say that Tribes is a bit more the How, Themes is closer to the What (objective), and Archetypes is closer to Who (in the sense of character/nature). But that is a simplification and not all correct. It’s tricky
You might like to look at the analysis framework metamap that was set up to link this up to our taxonomy of attributes from the survey data: https://metamaps.cc/maps/1589 (see the three map links in the middle for each of Tribe, Theme, Archetypes - we used Kumu metrics to calculate which orgs were most closely linked to each option within the set of e.g. 10 Tribes)
Identity of individual organizations is an interesting challenge to make useful generalizations for mapping at the level of detail that you are undertaking in Transformap. Also, who decides? The POI owner? User/customer? General public? Map curator?
I would say that the word Tribe causes some issues for something like this, we are using it more generally as a characterization but I would not want to make a clean cut definition and assignment to “tribes” because this gives a sense of distinction, possible competition or tension, and has some negative connotations (or outright offense, in some case) to how it has been used in the past.
Character, Theme, Paradigm, Domain, Focus Area, Methods / Means…all may be better label for this? Are these groups (or something similar) part of the current taxonomy, or something new to add?
Definitely interested in what you are working on, and the journal publication - I have begun to write up some reflections and documentation of our process, insights, and ideas so far with REL mapping and will be glad to discuss this with you. Maybe on a call at some point soon?