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November 2, 2006
tagging vs folksonomy?
Is this a reasonable statement to make?
- Tagging is the process of adding descriptive terms to an item, without the constraint of a controlled vocabulary
- Folksonomy is the aggregation of tags from one or more users
(Full disclosure: You’re helping me prepare for a tutorial on folksonomies that I’m presenting at the CSCW conference in Banff this weekend.)
Update: Over on mamamusings, one commenter raised the issue of whether a folksonomy requires multiple items to be tagged.
Can a folksonomy exist around a single item (e.g. a del.icio.us bookmark)?
My assumption has always been that a folksonomy involved tags for multiple items…but perhaps it’s a set of tags describing multiple items, ora set of tags from multiple users, or both.
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