Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Ontology of Folksonomy

From Ontology of Folksonomy: A Mash-up of Apples and Oranges by Tom Gruber:
a group of people from the tagging community are beginning to work on a common ontology for tagging - the TagOntology. (Note: this is not about developing a common folksonomy - a common set of words to use when tagging. For example, the ontology will not include terms for labeling documents as about science or business; it will not be for modeling particular domains such as geography or photography.) The TagOntology is about identifying and formalizing a conceptualization of the activity of tagging, and building technology that commits to the ontology at the semantic level. The community is also working on enabling infrastructure at the levels of formats, data models, and APIs. The larger approach is to create a coherent stack from conception to implementation that fosters innovation at all levels.

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