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Taxonomies and Folksonomies

Taxonomies and Folksonomies

Thanks to Steve Wheeler (aka @timbuckteeth) for picking up the conversation I started on Twitter  where I defined a Taxonomist as: One who organizes information in ways that make sense to content providers, rather that content users. Steve’s riposte was to define a ‘Folksonomist’ as: One who organizes information in ways that make sense to his/her own community of practice or interest. I know that strictly speaking the role of a ‘folksonomist’ may not exist, since folksonomies tend to emerge…

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Taxonomies vs. Folksonomies

Taxonomies vs. Folksonomies

I wanted to get myself up to date on contemporary ideas around use of taxonomies vs. folksonomies and was drawn to a course being run by the UKeiG (part of CILIP). The course was led by a renowned and respected information management professional and Fellow of CILIP. It was like stepping back in time 10 or 15 years, where metadata standards, structured lists, taxonomies, thesauri and controlled vocabularies were paramount in the discipline of effective information management. Discussion on folksonomies,…

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