Traditional metadata helped people find data, but metadata also helps us understand and evaluate what we find. Social metadata enlists engaged communities in these tasks. This session presented some examples of various types of social metadata sites that the RLG Partner Social Metadata Working Group has been reviewing and some initial observations from the 67 reviews of 32 social metadata sites done so far. The discussion focused on why people contribute, why we have such a professional interest in tagging, and a "wish list" of user contributions that would most enrich the resources offered by libraries, archives and museums.
Presented 1 June 2009 at the RLG Partnership Annual Meeting by Karen Smith-Yoshimura