Tagging Human Knowledge

author: Paul Heymann, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University
published: Feb. 22, 2010,   recorded: February 2010,   views: 396
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A fundamental premise of tagging systems is that regular users can organize large collections for browsing and other tasks using uncontrolled vocabularies. Until now, that premise has remained relatively unexamined. Using library data, we test the tagging approach to organizing a collection. We find that tagging systems have three major large scale organizational features: consistency, quality, and completeness. In addition to testing these features, we present results suggesting that users produce tags similar to the topics designed by experts, that paid tagging can effectively supplement tags in a tagging system, and that information integration may be possible across tagging systems.

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Comment1 Peter H, January 12, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.:

Very interesting topic, but had to quit after 2/3rds because I could no longer stand not hearing what was said :-/


Comment2 annette, January 26, 2011 at 10:31 p.m.:

Very interested in the topic. Unfortunately, sound continued to breakup. :(


Comment3 annette, January 26, 2011 at 10:31 p.m.:

Very interested in the topic. Unfortunately, sound continued to breakup. :(

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