Taxonomies and Folksonomies

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A presentation about the strengths and limitations of taxonomies and folksonomies, with a brief history of library automation thrown in for good measure.

A presentation about the strengths and limitations of taxonomies and folksonomies, with a brief history of library automation thrown in for good measure.

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  • 1. defragging taxonomies and folksonomies Karen G. Schneider College Center for Library Automation Tallahassee, Florida
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  • 3. library use: and/and/and Circ, Holdings, FTE 0 200,000 400,000 600,000 800,000 1,000,000 1,200,000 1,400,000 1,600,000 Circulation 1,243,447 1,330,906 1,380,000 1,080,000 1,098,983 1,293,864 1,451,417 1,400,000 1,388,342 1,301,582 Holdings 968,268 998,446 1,029,515 1,086,402 1,116,642 1,146,127 1,210,127 FTEs 238,348 236,256 234,962 235,527 244,558 267,486 285,128 297,795 294,818 287,714 FY9697 FY9798 FY9899 FY9900 FY0001 FY0102 FY0203 FY0304 FY0405 FY0506
  • 4. a brief history of library automation
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  • 14. “ disconnected data silos with non-usable content”
  • 15. worldcat : 1 billion records
  • 16. learning from taxonomies
  • 17. classic problems in authority control spell-check stemming synonyms phrases anachronisms
  • 18. disambiguation
  • 19. Definition
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  • 21. expertise can be efficient
  • 22. topic depth (faceting/subdivisions)
  • 23. lessons from folksonomies
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  • 25. don’t scare off your workforce
  • 26. in the short term, satisficing trumps perfecting
  • 27. In 2006, 400 catalogers at the Library of Congress cataloged 350,000 “volumes.” That’s 1,400 records per workday, or 3.5 records per person, per day.
  • 28. Tagging is about (re)discovery and (re)use, not (just) description
  • 29. Tagging is about building data, not records
  • 30. folksonomies grow good metadata
  • 31. 90% of Flickr content falls into 6 different types of facets: place (40% of tags), events , dates, people, things/animals, color
  • 32. some basic rules about cataloging appear instinctive
  • 33. Useless critiques of folksonomies
  • 34. problems common to taxonomies and folksonomies tags * time = crud scalability (onesies vs. noise)
  • 35. uber-folksonomies
  • 36. wikipedia
  • 37. Librarything for Libraries librarything ltfl
  • 38. Librarians’ Internet Index lii.org
  • 39. librarians’ delicious collections Canadian Assumption College California Law
  • 40. incentivizing uberization: handprints and mirrors
  • 41. AIM/email: [email_address] twitter: kgs facebook: K.G. Schneider doppler: freerangelibrarian blog: freerangelibrarian.com WorldCat Identity: http://orlabs.oclc.org/Identities/lccn-n95-110807