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ASIST on folksonomies and tagging

The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology has a special section on Folksonomies in the October / November 2007 issue.  It contains the following articles:

  • Introduction: Folksonomies and Image Tagging: Seeing the Future? by Diane Neal, Guest Editor
    • Does a nice job of providing an overview of the topic, including making reference to a number of libraries that are using tagging at some level.
  • Why Are They Tagging, and Why Do We Want Them To? by P. Jason Morrison
  • Trouble in Paradise:  Conflict Management and Resolution in Social Classification Environments by Chris Landbeck
  • Image Indexing:  How Can I Find a Nice Pair of Italian Shoes? by Elaine Ménard
  • Flickr Image Tagging:  Patterns Made Visible by Joan Beaudoin

I like thinking about tags as a triple: the tag, the thing tagged (picture, website, etc), and the person doing the tagging.  With a large collection of these triples, there are all sorts of ways to analyze and traverse the data:

  • All tags associated with a given item or a given person.
  • All tags in common with a collection of items.
  • A tag cloud to shows frequency-of-occurrence of all tags (or all tags from a specific user).
  • All items tagged with the same tag as a tag on the current item. 
  • All items with a shared set of tags (one tag or multiple tags).
  • People who use the same tag(s).
  • And, of course, traversing a network from tag to person to item to person to tag, all pivoting on one corner of the triple or another.

I learned about this from Christina Pikas.  I am on a panel with Jessica Baumgart, Jordan Frank and Kris Liberman at the ASIS&T meeting in Milwaukee on Blogs and Wikis in the Corporate World.  The conference is happening now, and the panel is tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. 

ASIST presentation on blogs and communities

There are many forms of network