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Can social tagging overcome barriers to content classification?

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11 Responses to Can social tagging overcome barriers to content classification?

  1. By peterme.com on August 31, 2004 at 6:47 am

    Ethnoclassification and vernacular vocabularies

    The latest meme to catch fire in the IA community deals with the folk classification tools found on systems like del.icio.us and Flickr. Users are able to freely tag content with whatever metadata comes to mind. Headshift provides a good…

  2. By Ron Biggs on October 25, 2004 at 1:43 am

    I still have to think more on folksonomy — I’m still reading George Lakoff’s book, “Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things — What Categories Reveal about the Mind.” But three things struck me initially about the utility of folksonomies:
    1) “…and it is starting to produce enough data for us to reflect on how it is working…” For folksonomies to come into being, there has to be time and participation. When designing systems for immediate use, we don’t often have such a luxury (especially if we don’t have regular customer input on how they’re thinking and what they’re calling things).
    2) Seems that a component only alluded to in some of what social taxonomies in its deficiencies is semantics and hierarchy — but I think that semantic web technologies, usage patterns, and natural hierarchies of concepts for terms selected could overcome some of the deficiencies where more precision is needed. With what we know, we can help alleviate the disadvantages of “lack of precision (synonym/antonym control, related terms, context, etc)…”
    3) I’ve looked over the shoulder of a great number of people at their desktops, directory structures, and email-classification schemes; and my expectation that robust taxonomies will arise naturally out of the social soup is pretty low. Granted, I am not factoring in influence as a refining agent; but as Lakoff would say, refined taxonomies beyond the “basic-level categories” are “imagination” — they are conceptual. I do not believe that taxonomological refinement can happen spontaneously without some conceptual prodding (where refinement is needed, that is). I am assuming “robust,” of course — and you referred to the tradeoff between precision and simplicity. I have to think through that one a bit more before I can agree or disagree that there need be a tradeoff at all.
    I think that we know enough about semantics and dynamic classifications systems to devise technologies that would certainly play a strong role in maturing social taxonomies (the prodding part) instead of watching to see how far evolution can take us.

  3. By Kevin Wen's Web on November 4, 2004 at 2:17 pm

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  4. By cognoshanty on November 13, 2004 at 3:27 pm

    It’s the tags, stupid

    folksonomy: a user-generated classification, emerging through bottom-up consensus. Cool phrases: cornucopia of the commons, wisdom of crowds, social tagging, critique of hierarchy, slouching toward infrastructure. Explains why I can’t organize my bookm…

  5. By Threadwatch.org on January 25, 2005 at 2:59 pm

    Tags & Folksonomies – What are they, and why should you care?

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  6. By Meghan Strader on July 11, 2005 at 4:00 am

    Connectedy is a social bookmarking tool that for the most part solves the “overhead of classification” problem by harnessing the structure implicit in one’s browser bookmarks to formulate categorical pages containing the user’s links. Connectedy also serves its community by search-engine-optimizing the content and availing them of embedded search forms. Privacy is managed by users — they may opt any of their content out of the community at a any time.

  7. By Stuart Glendinning Hall on January 10, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    Can social tagging overcome barriers to content classification?

    Headshift : Can social tagging overcome barriers to content classification?More good stuff on folkson…

  8. By Headshift on May 9, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    Building trust online

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  9. By Headshift on May 12, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    Web 2.0, Participation and E-democracy

    The ideas behind so-called Web 2.0 offer some useful pointers for organisations trying to break out of traditional consultation and participation methods using social technology to underpin a more distributed many-to-many approach

  10. By massimo dau on December 23, 2008 at 1:29 am

    It is always better to do tagging when you post.
    Better more is to use phrases that only keybords.
    Greetings and merry Xmas from italy

  11. By film izle on December 7, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Connectedy is a social bookmarking tool that for the most part solves the “overhead of classification” problem by harnessing the structure implicit in one’s browser bookmarks to formulate categorical pages containing the user’s links. Connectedy also serves its community by search-engine-optimizing the content and availing them of embedded search forms. Privacy is managed by users — they may opt any of their content out of the community at a any time.