Thursday, September 13, 2007

Folksonomies?

Still not really sure what folksonomy means? Or what the big deal is about social tagging? Maybe you already know what these terms mean and throw them around yourself. Either way, check out this comprehensive blog post The Hive Mind: Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging. I had a basic idea of what folksonomies and tagging were, but now I understand their impact on libraries, catalogs, and people's search paths! This article explains why people are tagging and how useful of an information retrieval tool it is. It also illuminates the downfalls of tagging: why searching by tags can make documents harder to retrieve or might not return exactly what you want!

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