Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Folksonomy 101

One of the best introductions to folksonomies or tagging that I've found is by Nick W. on Threadwatch. He not only explains how folksonomy works, but also why it is important. Folksonomies are controlled vocabularies created by multiple users and shared. Tags are important because
Simply put, tags are important because they allow your users to generate content and classify that content in their own unique way.
He goes on to explain how they work in del.icio.us. Well worth checking out. Clay Shirky writes about the costs of creating and maintaining controlled vocabulary. Also see Louis Rosenfeld's post.

1 comment:

esm said...

> Simply put, tags are important because they allow your users to generate content and classify that content in their own unique way.

Of course. And that is exactly what the repository systems need to allow is for users to create their own metadata, properties, tags, whatever you want to call it.

That doesn't mean users can or should run roughshod on the repository. Metadata can be typed, and support inheritance (multiple inheritance prefered).

I read Rosenfelds post let me read some more.