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A folksonomy is a system of classification derived from the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content; this practice is also known as collaborative tagging, social classification, social indexing, and social tagging. Folksonomy is a portmanteau of folk and taxonomy.

Folksonomies became popular on the Web around 2004 as part of social software applications such as social bookmarking and photograph annotation. Tagging, which is characteristic of Web 2.0 services, allows users to collectively classify and find information. Some websites include tag clouds as a way to visualize tags in a folksonomy.

Attempts have been made to characterize folksonomy in social tagging system as emergent externalization of knowledge structures contributed by multiple users. Models of collaborative tagging have been developed to characterize how knowledge structures could arise and be useful to other users, even when there is a lack of top-down mediation (which is believed to be an important feature because they do not need laborious explicit representations as in semantic web). In particular, cognitive models of collaborative tagging can highlight how differences in internal knowledge structures of multiple users can lead to different emergent properties in the folksonomy of a social tagging system. ... more at >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folksonomy

20091202_jfa_30x48.jpg Jfayel point of view...

Taxonomy is "cold" data, like pure numbers are... could be sometimes fairly wrong to follow

Folksonomy is "hot" data, data human brain excels to deal with and where 2.0 revolution helps so much...




Thomas Vander Wal is best known for coining the term "folksonomy".

He is also known for initiating the term "infocloud".
... more at >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Vander_Wal

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