User to User: Browsing folksonomies through other users profiles


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  • User to User: Browsing folksonomies through other users profiles

    1. 1. User to User: Browsing for information through other users’ profiles Presentation at NordLib 2.0 PhD student Charles Seger, RSLIS
    2. 2. Charles Seger, PhD-student <ul><li>Royal School of Library and Information Science </li></ul><ul><li>Research program: Information interaction and information architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Project title: </li></ul><ul><li>Folksonomies: when the user is the information architect. </li></ul><ul><li>Main supervisor: Associate Professor Pia Borlund </li></ul><ul><li>Project supervisor: Associate Professor Jesper Wiborg Schneider </li></ul>
    3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Definitions and background: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Folksonomies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pivot browsing in Delicious </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aim for this project </li></ul><ul><li>Case: Quilters </li></ul><ul><li>Data </li></ul><ul><li>Preliminary results </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    4. 4. Definition: Folksonomies <ul><li>A folksonomy is the collection of user generated subject headings (tags), describing information objects, applied by the end-users. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Background and motivation <ul><li>The users’ employment of folksonomies are personal as well as collective </li></ul><ul><li>(Golder & Huberman, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>The use of folksonomies is rising, at the same time there is a lack of empirical studies of the use. </li></ul><ul><li>(Jason Morrison, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>The users navigate folksonomies by browsing other users profiles </li></ul><ul><li>(Millen, Feinberg, & Kerr, 2005) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Pivot browsing <ul><li>Exploratory information seeking behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Users click on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other users (profiles) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Social navigation <ul><li>Users’ exploration of information spaces using other users’ actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Path in a forrest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dogears in used books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommender systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most lent books in the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Se: Dieberger, Dourish, Höök, Resnick, & Wexelblat, 2000). </li></ul></ul>
    8. 10. Case study: <ul><li>A folksonomy where users can save and tag Internet bookmarks, as well as se other users’ bookmarks and tags </li></ul><ul><li>(see: Delicious, 2008) </li></ul>
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    10. 13. Popular tags User: Charles User: kaeru
    11. 17. (Bates, 1989)
    12. 18. Aim for the PhD project <ul><li>Better understanding of the users employment of folksonomies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify use patterns in folksonomies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop techniques to support users information behavior in folksonomies </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate to what extent tags can support social navigation </li></ul>
    13. 19. Pilot study <ul><li>Case study of a folksonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Informetric methods for associating users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-occurrences of tags in user profiles </li></ul></ul>
    14. 20. <ul><li>Quilters are charactrized by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Great passion for their hobby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of technologies which can support them in their hobby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A feeling of being part of a community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Stalp, 2006) </li></ul></ul></ul>Case: Quilters
    15. 21. (Ray, 2006)
    16. 22. (Delicious, 2008b)
    17. 23. (Delicious, 2008c)
    18. 24. Data collection <ul><li>1 webpage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 users who indexed the page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employing 0-9 tags (all in all 99 tags) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Compiled tags from user profiles: 3713 unique </li></ul>
    19. 25. Frequency of tags: Log Cabin Pillow Frequency of tags Tag 10 5 15 20 sewing pillow diy cushion
    20. 26. Frequency of tags: user profiles Users Frequency of tags 200 400 600 800 1000 Sew_what joellybaby Enit
    21. 27. Similar users (Dissimilarity threshold = 0,225) User User Sim eerriinn rfeit 0,333 eerriinn studiotamar 0,284 valerief missclaudine 0,260 joellybaby valerief 0,253 fufujuice missclaudine 0,252 eerriinn valerief 0,241 joellybaby rfeit 0,231 bjso rfeit 0,226 kgudridge valerief 0,225
    22. 28. eerriinn og rfeit: top10 tags eerriinn rfeit blog 50 children 51 shopping 41 crafts 49 crafts 40 Sewing 35 kids 39 tutorial 28 howto 35 diy 25 reference 30 gifts 25 gifts 30 howto 20 baby 28 recipe 18 inspiration 27 fabric 11 lost 24 pattern 8
    23. 29. Preliminary conclusion <ul><li>Tags employed by users in folksonomies can be used as a tool for social navigation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This requires investigations of the different types of tags’ </li></ul></ul>
    24. 30. Thanks for listening <ul><li>Any Questions? </li></ul>
    25. 31. References 1 <ul><li>Bates, M. J. (1989). The design of browsing and berrypicking techniques for the online search interface. Online Review, 13(5), 407-424. </li></ul><ul><li>Golder, S. A., & Huberman, B. A. (2006). Usage patterns of collaborative tagging systems. Journal of Information Science, 32(2), 198-208. </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Morrison, P. (2008). Tagging and searching: Search retrieval effectiveness of folksonomies on the World Wide Web. Information Processing & Management, 44(4), 1562- 1579. </li></ul><ul><li>Millen, D., Feinberg, J., & Kerr, B. (2005). Social bookmarking in the enterprise. Queue, 3 (9), 28-35. </li></ul><ul><li>Ray, D. (2006, Date:09-02). Log Cabin-ish Pillow [Date: 03-15]. </li></ul><ul><li>Stalp, M. C. (2006). Negotiating time and space for serious leisure: Quilting in the modern US home. [Article]. Journal of Leisure Research, 38 (1), 104-132. </li></ul>
    26. 32. References 2: Delicious web sider <ul><li>Delicious (2008). Delicious , 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious (2008a). Charles's bookmarks at Delicious Retrieved 09-01, 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious (2008b). Everyone's bookmarks for &quot; Log Cabin-ish Pillow&quot; at Delicious Retrieved 09-01, 2008, from </li></ul><ul><li> 856?show=all </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious (2008c). Fufujuice’s bookmarks at Delicious Retrieved 09-01, 2008, from </li></ul>