Tagging: Pros and Cons

Folksonomies are created by users trying to identify Web content by assigning their own keywords called tags. There is no hierarchical structure or controlled vocabulary. Folksonomies are created by anyone interested in assigning tags to something online, and collectively all the tags create the folksonomy. Because folksonomies are created by users, the terms assigned as tags are likely to be common parlance and often terms that appear in the actual document. There is, however, a possibility of many different tags describing the same things or a single tag referring to more than one thing, creating problems with precision and recall. Folksonomies and tagging are commonplace in social media applications such as blogs, social bookmarking, Flickr, etc.

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One comment

  1. sue.duran

    But how does it pertain to a library? I know it was explained but it took me sometime to understand how they are applied – and used. I’m assuming it would be on the online catalog itself. I know we use them in the biblio record of an item, and it is scary allowing users to mess with them. Staff would have to be vigiliant in order to correct them or fix them. They are indeed good and bad; but very useful at the same time.

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