Folksonomies-Group 4

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A presentation on folksonomies for LIS_688 Metadata by Maggie Willis, Laura Soito, and Caroline McDonald. May 1, 2011.

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Folksonomies-Group 4

  1. 1. by Caroline McDonald, Laura Soito, & Maggie Willis   LIS 688-Metadata Spring 2011  
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Some definitions: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Folksonomy -- a classification system derived from an emerging thesaurus of user supplied tags. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Tags --short, personally memorable keywords </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><ul><li>Comparison to more traditional controlled vocabularies  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Social aspects of folksonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of folksonomies in use </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Comparison to Controlled Vocabulary <ul><li>Folksonomy     </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>User supplied </li></ul><ul><li>Ambiguous </li></ul><ul><li>Free-form </li></ul><ul><li>Uses redundant language and abbreviations </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Quick to adopt new terms </li></ul>Controlled Vocabulary Professionally supplied Consistent Structured Avoids abbreviations, synonyms & homographs Slow to adopt new terms
  5. 5. Social Aspects <ul><ul><ul><li>folksonomies are collaborative </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>produces a collective intelligence  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>creates a community of users that are responsible for the quality and maintenance of the information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>encourages participation by allowing users to have greater control </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>makes users feel like they have a vested interest in the information that is being collected </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Applications Examples of Folksonomies in action <ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>http://delicious.com </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging of web resources </li></ul>Flickr www.flickr.com Image tagging
  7. 7. Applications Examples of Folksonomies in action Technorati http://technorati.com Blog tagging Amazon www.amazon.com Commercial tagging
  8. 8. Applications Examples of Folksonomies in action Penntags http://tags.library.upenn.edu/ Social Bookmarking Steve: The Museum Social Tagging Project http://tagger.steve.museum/ Museum collection tagging
  9. 9. LibraryThing   A  website devoted to books and readers <ul><ul><li>allows users to personalize content and add data to records  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>create personal virtual libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>connect with other users (the &quot;world's largest bookclub&quot;) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>assign both subject and personal tags for books </li></ul></ul></ul>1.2 millions users and over 6 million books cataloged
  10. 10. Conclusions <ul><ul><li>Folksonomies are a new option for classification. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  They can be combined with traditional methods of classification for a viable option in the future of web based information indexing </li></ul></ul>

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