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Presentation for Internet Librarian 2007 by Meredith Farkas and Joshua Petrusa.

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    User-Generated Content User-Generated Content Presentation Transcript

    • User-Generated Content
      • Josh Petrusa
      • Meredith Farkas
    • Web 1.0: Democratized access to information
    • Web 2.0: Democratized participation
    • What is user-generated content? Tags Ratings Custom collections Online community contributions Wiki contributions Comments Blog posts Audio and video Photos
    • Why User-Generated Content?
      • We don’t know everything
      • Insufficient metadata
      • Findability and refindability
      • Stories people tell about items are of value
      • Interaction with materials creates a more personal connection
      • People are already doing it!
        • 35% of online adults, 57% of teens (Pew, 2006)
    • Tags
      • User-created descriptive metadata
      • Folksonomy - system of organizing through tagging.
    • dog brooklyn ice cream factory Ice Cream NY corgi summer girl ice cream LaSalle puppy bad owner How will people search for this? Many ways to describe...
    • Where the tags are
    • Where the tags are
    • Where the tags are
    • Why tags?
      • Lets people make sense of content using their own vocabulary (cinema? movies? film? motion picture?)
      • Helps people to re-find their own content
      • Helps people to discover new content
      • Good solution for situations where content can’t be formally cataloged.
    • Why not?
      • No control
      • People can use plural or singular words, use dashes or underscores to connect words, etc.
      • Multiple terms to describe a single concept
      • No disambiguation
      • People tag selfishly (to_read, chapter1, EN101)
      • People tag incorrectly
      • “ Tagging bulldozes the cost of classification and piles it on the price of discovery.” (Ian Davis of Talis)
    • Improving tagging
    • Improving tagging
    • Examples of user-generated content
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    • The library Our users
    • Issues
      • Moderation
      • Technology issues (how to make this happen?)
      • Differentiating between user content and institutional content
      • Making it easy and appealing to contribute
      • Letting people do what they want with their data
      • If you build it, will they come? Evaluate your population
    • Thanks! [email_address] [email_address] Links and slides at meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com Links and slides at meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com