Thursday, September 15, 2005

Folksonomies @ the Museum

Social Terminology Enhancement through Vernacular Engagement: Exploring Collaborative Annotation to Encourage Interaction with Museum Collections by David Bearman and Jennifer Trant appears in the latest D-Lib Magazine.
Collaborative Web tools may be valuable both to create distributed knowledge and to build virtual communities, two objectives that are becoming increasingly important to museums as they seek to engage an on-line community (Hammond, Hannay et al. 2005, Lund, Hammond et al. 2005). Although each is used in a different way, "social tagging" applications such as the ESP game, Flickr and del.icio.us, and aggregating environments like technorati, suggest ways to entice the broad public to engage with museum content.

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