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November 30, 2017 12:56 PM

folksonomy and the art museum
j. trant

Part 1: Folksonomy and Social Tagging

What is folksonomy?

social tagging = process
folksonomy = result

Social tagging environments

Possibilities with Folksonomy

Problems with Folksonomy

Opportunities with Folksonomy and Social Tagging

Part 2: Tagging Art

Challenges of Description

folksonomy live!

Examples of Museum Cataloguing


Things to Discuss


Further Reading

von Ahn, L. and L. Dabbish (2004). Labeling Images with a Computer Game. CHI 2004, Vienna, Austria, ACM.

Bearman, D. and J. Trant (2005). "Social Terminology Enhancement through Vernacular Engagement: Exploring Collaborative Annotation to Encourage Interaction with Museum Collections." D-Lib Magazine 11(9).

Golder, S. A. and B. A. Huberman (2005). "The Structure of Collaborative Tagging Systems " Journal of Information Science([preprint Sept 8, 2005]).

Hammond, T., T. Hannay, et al. (2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (I): A General Review." D-Lib Magazine 11(4).

Lund, B., T. Hammond, et al. (2005, April 2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (II): A Case Study - Connotea." D-Lib Magazine 11(4).

Mathes, A. (2004, December 2004). "Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication through Shared Metadata." Retrieved August 6, 2005, from



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