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Designing Tag Navigation

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  • 1. Desiging Tag Navigation November 2007
  • 2. James Kalbach Human Factors Engineer LexisNexis Information Architect Razorfish Germany (2003) Library & Info Science Degree Rutgers University Designing Web Navigation (O‘Reilly, Aug 2007)
  • 3. Metadata
  • 4. The Navigation Layer “ [Filters] help people move from the world they know (“hits”) to the world they don’t (“niches”)… ” “ Soon everything will make it to the market and the real opportunity will be sorting it all out. ”
  • 5. 1. Owner-Created Metadata Pros • Consistent terms • Comprehensive Cons • Time intensive to create • Maintenance • Inflexible, rigid Example: Controlled Vocabulary
  • 6. 2. Technically Generated Metadata Cons Pros • Can be inaccurate • Scales up • Performance intensive • Quick, timely • High cost to enter • Inexpensive to run Examples: Entity Extraction
  • 7. 3. User-Generated Metadata Pros • Low maintenance • Self-generating organization • Low costs to get started • OK for an answer Cons • Lacks comprehensiveness • Requires incubation time • Navigating other's tags difficult Example: Tagging
  • 8. Tagging ≠ Tag Cloud
  • 9. Tagging Process Why do people tag? • Re-find something of value • Share a resource or object with others Three key stages of tagging 1. Creating tags 2. Using and managing your own tags 3. Using other people’s tags
  • 10. 1. Creating Tags
  • 11. Encourage Tagging Make it easy to tag
  • 12. Prompt for Tags Help people find words to use
  • 13. Tag Form Avoid space-separated tags Newyearseveparty2007 iphone_review to-read Use comma-separated
  • 14. 2. Navigating Your Own Tags
  • 15. Provide Different Views Let people navigate in different ways
  • 16. Navigate Resources Allow people to search their resources
  • 17. Combine Tags Allow people to combine two tags
  • 18. 3. Navigating Other People‘s Tags
  • 19. Enhance Tag Clouds Show context and provide structure
  • 20. Mix Metadata Expose other types of relevant metadata
  • 21. Show Tags for Resource Expose tags at the resource-level
  • 22. Link to Other People Browse the resources of other members
  • 23. Conclusions Tagging offers an alternative to top-down classification Tags are still just another type of metadata Tagging doesn’t necessarily mean using a tag cloud Understand the broader tagging context People must be able to navigate tags effectively In designing a tagging system, three stages are critical: 1. Creating tags 2. Navigating your own tags 3. Navigating the tags of others
  • 24. Thank You www.ExperiencingInformation.com James.Kalbach@LexisNexis.com

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