Structure and form of folksonomy tags: The road to the public library catalogue

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105204
Title:
Structure and form of folksonomy tags: The road to the public library catalogue
Author:
Spiteri, Louise
Citation:
Structure and form of folksonomy tags: The road to the public library catalogue 2007-06, 4(2) Webology
Journal:
Webology
Issue Date:
Jun-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105204
Submitted date:
2007-06-12
Abstract:
Folksonomies have the potential to add much value to public library catalogues by enabling clients to: store, maintain, and organize items of interest in the catalogue using their own tags. The purpose of this paper is to examine how the tags that constitute folksonomies are structured. Tags were acquired over a thirty-day period from the daily tag logs of three folksonomy sites, Del.icio.us, Furl, and Technorati. The tags were evaluated against section 6 (choice and form of terms) of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) guidelines for the construction of controlled vocabularies. This evaluation revealed that the folksonomy tags correspond closely to the NISO guidelines that pertain to the types of concepts expressed by the tags, the predominance of single tags, the predominance of nouns, and the use of recognized spelling. Potential problem areas in the structure of the tags pertain to the inconsistent use of the singular and plural form of count nouns, and the incidence of ambiguous tags in the form of homographs and unqualified abbreviations or acronyms. Should library catalogues decide to incorporate folksonomies, they could provide clear guidelines to address these noted weaknesses, as well as links to external dictionaries and references sources such as Wikipedia to help clients disambiguate homographs and to determine if the full or abbreviated forms of tags would be preferable.
Type:
Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Library Science; Indexing; Cataloging; Knowledge Representation; Knowledge Organization
Local subject classification:
collaborative tagging; controlled vocabularies; folksonomies; guidelines

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dc.contributor.authorSpiteri, Louiseen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-06-12T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:21:32Z-
dc.date.issued2007-06en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-06-12en_US
dc.identifier.citationStructure and form of folksonomy tags: The road to the public library catalogue 2007-06, 4(2) Webologyen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105204-
dc.description.abstractFolksonomies have the potential to add much value to public library catalogues by enabling clients to: store, maintain, and organize items of interest in the catalogue using their own tags. The purpose of this paper is to examine how the tags that constitute folksonomies are structured. Tags were acquired over a thirty-day period from the daily tag logs of three folksonomy sites, Del.icio.us, Furl, and Technorati. The tags were evaluated against section 6 (choice and form of terms) of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) guidelines for the construction of controlled vocabularies. This evaluation revealed that the folksonomy tags correspond closely to the NISO guidelines that pertain to the types of concepts expressed by the tags, the predominance of single tags, the predominance of nouns, and the use of recognized spelling. Potential problem areas in the structure of the tags pertain to the inconsistent use of the singular and plural form of count nouns, and the incidence of ambiguous tags in the form of homographs and unqualified abbreviations or acronyms. Should library catalogues decide to incorporate folksonomies, they could provide clear guidelines to address these noted weaknesses, as well as links to external dictionaries and references sources such as Wikipedia to help clients disambiguate homographs and to determine if the full or abbreviated forms of tags would be preferable.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLibrary Scienceen_US
dc.subjectIndexingen_US
dc.subjectCatalogingen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Representationen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Organizationen_US
dc.subject.othercollaborative taggingen_US
dc.subject.othercontrolled vocabulariesen_US
dc.subject.otherfolksonomiesen_US
dc.subject.otherguidelinesen_US
dc.titleStructure and form of folksonomy tags: The road to the public library catalogueen_US
dc.typeJournal (On-line/Unpaginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalWebologyen_US
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