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September 16, 2005
Facets + Tags
Siderean has always allowed their customers to embed hierarchical trees within their faceted classification system (example here) when appropriate. E.g., if someone is navigating via the geography category, the system can know that SoHo is in NYC which is in NY state which is in the US. And Siderean has shown an early curiosity about tags: Its fac.etio.us thought-experiment/demo turns del.icio.us bookmarks into a faceted system.
I got briefed by the company a couple of days ago and learned that future releases of their navigation software are going to incorporate tagging more directly, enabling users to annotate/tag the data they find. A faceted system might add a right amount of organization to a pile of tags, making that pile far more useful. Imagine a folksonomic faceted system…
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