Monday, February 27, 2006

Tagging

The Pre-Print: Accepted for and to appear in - Library Review, Vol.55 No.5, pp.XXX Collaborative Tagging as a Knowledge Organisation and Resource Discovery Tool by George Macgregor and Emma McCulloch is now available.
There are numerous difficulties with collaborative tagging systems (e.g. low precision, lack of collocation, etc.) that originate from the absence of properties that characterise controlled vocabularies. However, such systems can not be dismissed. Librarians and information professionals have lessons to learn from the interactive and social aspects exemplified by collaborative tagging systems, as well as their success in engaging users with information management. The future co-existence of controlled vocabularies and collaborative tagging is predicted, with each appropriate for use within distinct information contexts: formal and informal.

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