Powerhouse folksonomy

October 20, 2006 § 2 Comments

What does folksonomy mean? Wikipedia (Revision as of 14:20, 20 October 2006) defines it as follows: 

The term folksonomy is a portmanteau that specifically refers to the tagging systems created within Internet communities. A combination of the words folk (or folks) and taxonomy, the term folksonomy literally means “people’s classification management”: “Taxonomy” is from the Greek taxis and nomos. Taxis means “classification” and nomos (or nomia) means “management,” while “Folk” is from the Old English folc, meaning people.

If we contribute meaning to objects by naming them in a personally meaningful way then surely the curatorial gap between ‘us’ the visitor and ‘them’ the museum begins to close. The Powerhouse Museum has recently launched a collection database which allows users to just that, create personally meaningful descriptions of any of the objects within it.

The Fresh+New post Taxonomies of Tagging directed me to the paper ‘HT06, Tagging Paper, Taxonomy, Flickr, Academic Article,ToRead’ which lists possible incentives for users to contribute tags:

  • Future retrieval
  • Contribution and sharing
  • Attract attention
  • Play and competition
  • Self Presentation
  • Opinion expression
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