Folksonomies: Tidying up Tags? Marieke Guy and Emma Tonkin D-Lib Magazine, January 2006 http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january06/guy/01guy.html Max Miller LIS 4010 10/18/2011
What is a folksonomy? “ A folksonomy is a type of distributed classification system. It is usually created by a group of individuals, typically the resource users. Users add tags to online items, such as images, videos, bookmarks and text. These tags are then shared and sometimes refined.”
What is a folksonomy? They are not a replacement for formal categorization systems -This is feature, not a flaw There are risks inherent in “tidying up” tags.
Tag improvement is an engaging idea, but one limitation
Users who supply tags are geographically and culturally diverse
Strength of folksonomic approach is often described as its openness – everyone can tag according to their view
Putting it all together Tagging gets better with scale. With a multiplicity of points of view the question isn't "Is everyone tagging any given link 'correctly'", but rather "Is anyone tagging it the way I do?" As long as at least one other person tags something the way you would, you'll find it – using a thesaurus to force everyone's tags into tighter synchrony would actually worsen the noise you'll get with your signal. If there is no shelf, then even imagining that there is one right way to organise things is an error -Clay Shirky
Is it certain training users to use a narrow set of tags is beneficial, if even possible?
It's possible future methods of mining metadata will differ from today
Single-use tags may have a better use based on different context.
Answer for now “The answer is to remain open minded and look at solutions that retain as much as possible of the metadata submitted, bearing in mind that metadata can be mined in all sorts of ways.”