Folksonomies - Matt Moore, ANZSI 2011

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  • Hello Warren! So I the blog post links to lots of back-up material that tries to tackle the 'so what' element (not always successfully): http://innotecture.com.au/2011/09/11/folksonomies-taxonomies-anzsi-2011/

    The next logical step is to work out what you can use that will solve an immediate issue. What do you think that is?
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Folksonomies - Matt Moore, ANZSI 2011

  1. 1. Folksonomies<br />ANZSI Conference 2011<br />Matt Moore<br />Innotecture<br />
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  5. 5. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Folksonomies
  6. 6. Linked Data
  7. 7. Australian Taxonomy Survey</li></li></ul><li>Folksonomies<br />“Folksonomy is the result of personal free tagging of information and objects (anything with a URL) for one's own retrieval. The tagging is done in a social environment (usually shared and open to others). Folksonomy is created from the act of tagging by the person consuming the information.<br />The value in this external tagging is derived from people using their own vocabulary and adding explicit meaning, which may come from inferred understanding of the information/object. People are not so much categorizing, as providing a means to connect items (placing hooks) to provide their meaning in their own understanding.<br />In a few conversations around folksonomy and tagging in 2004 I stated, "folksonomy is tagging that works". This is still a strong belief the three tenets of a folksonomy: 1) tag; 2) object being tagged; and 3) identity, are core to disambiguation of tag terms and provide for a rich understanding of the object being tagged.”<br />By: Thomas Vander Wal<br />On: 2 February 2007<br />http://vanderwal.net/folksonomy.html<br />
  8. 8. Folksonomies<br />“Folksonomy is the result of personal free tagging of information and objects (anything with a URL) for one's own retrieval. The tagging is done in a social environment (usually shared and open to others). Folksonomy is created from the act of tagging by the person consuming the information.<br />The value in this external tagging is derived from people using their own vocabulary and adding explicit meaning, which may come from inferred understanding of the information/object. People are not so much categorizing, as providing a means to connect items (placing hooks) to provide their meaning in their own understanding.<br />In a few conversations around folksonomy and tagging in 2004 I stated, "folksonomy is tagging that works". This is still a strong belief the three tenets of a folksonomy: 1) tag; 2) object being tagged; and 3) identity, are core to disambiguation of tag terms and provide for a rich understanding of the object being tagged.”<br />By: Thomas Vander Wal<br />On: 2 February 2007<br />http://vanderwal.net/folksonomy.html<br />
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  16. 16. Linking Open Data cloud diagram, by Richard Cyganiak and AnjaJentzsch. http://lod-cloud.net/<br />
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  22. 22. Survey Background<br />
  23. 23. USED FOR:<br />Browsing<br />Search<br />Retrieval<br />Sense Making<br />60% Classifies<br />19% Controlled Vocab<br />21%<br />Hierarchy<br />WHERE'S THE BUSINESS BABY?<br />What is a taxonomy?<br />
  24. 24. Taxonomy Use<br />Does your organisation use taxonomies in the management of it’s information?<br />Yes, developed by both selves & other orgs <br />Yes, developed by ourselves<br />Yes, developed by other orgs<br />No<br />
  25. 25. Software Use<br />Does your organisation use any specialist software?<br />Yes<br /> 31%<br />No<br /> 69%<br />
  26. 26. Taxonomy Maturity<br />
  27. 27. Improving Taxonomies<br />“No, there is no business driver to do so”<br />“Yes, but the management don’t understand taxonomy and can’t communicate it well, so it’s enforced and used badly by most”<br />“Yes, but there is little understanding of what is at middle management level and therefore no commitment”<br />
  28. 28. Taxonomy Skills<br />
  29. 29. Conclusions<br />Don't believe (all) the hype…<br />…but do pay attention.<br />Talk about user / business outcomes not information management ones<br />

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