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Taxonomy, folksonomy, tagsonomy

Peterme points to a terrific essay by Adam Mathes titled “Folksonomies – Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata” and sparks a discussion of whether “folksonomy” is a good or right term for the sort of thing that del.icio.us does. I happen to think it’s a keeper, but I also like Kirk Scott‘s “tagsonomy.” [Note: Jon Lebkowsky tells me that he was actually the one who came up with it. Kevin Marks seems to have come up with independently.]

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2 Responses to “Taxonomy, folksonomy, tagsonomy”

  1. This is pretty interesting stuff. I haven’t been interested in flickr’s user tagging because I see it as a variation of author-created metatags. And I confess I haven’t explored del.icio.us; guess I’d better do that.

    Given my bias for sites built from the bottom up, del.icio.us and its kinfolk are definitely a step in the right direction.

    Yet they still fall short of that ill-defined (and possibly hopeless) pipe dream that keeps bouncing around my head: Dynamic sites that organize themselves based upon a particular user’s preferences and demonstrated browsing and searching methods. Hmmmm…

    Another resource you might want to explore, btw, is the archive for IA SIG of ASIS. It’s searchable.

    http://www.info-arch.org/lists/sigia-l/

  2. Making use of tags and tagsonomies

    Technorati really have been busy recently. As well as the new features I mentioned last week, they have now introduce a new tag search facility which allows you to search for posts that have been marked with a Technorati…


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