Definitions

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  • n. The spontaneous cooperation of a group of people to organize information into categories; the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content; a user-generated taxonomy.

Etymologies

Blend of folk and taxonomy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether "folksonomy" is Greek to you or you've been tagging your bookmarks in del.icio.us since back in the day, this session will deliver insight into the broad concepts involved with social classification as well as examining nuts-and-bolts practical applications.

    Stephen's Lighthouse: November 2007 Archives

  • In technical terms a folksonomy is just a collection of tag assignments:

    A Moot of Folksonomies

  • They rely heavily on what's called folksonomy, or popular classification, instead of taxonomy, or centralized/official classification.

    Social Bookmarking

  • A folksonomy is a simple way for people to reference things so that they can find those things later within a given context.

    The Rise of Amateur Conferences

  • Steve Rubel notes that there's a debate at the online encyclopedia Wikipedia about a new listing for the word folksonomy, which it defines as "a neologism for a practice ... iPod

    Tech Beat - BusinessWeek

  • Keywords - The degenerate case of a folksonomy is a simply flat list of strings.

    Site Home

  • Read on for immediate simulated life examples, instructions for deployment, and the initial tag folksonomy for the Haiti disaster.

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  • -- In addition to a strict, top-down taxonomy, you can also implement a user-driven "folksonomy," letting people tag documents with terms that make sense to them.

    A Better Way To Manage All That Virtual Paperwork

  • Excerpt: What del. icio.us's users were creating -- without necessarily knowing they were doing so -- was what technology blogger Thomas Vander Wal has dubbed a "folksonomy," a flexible system of organization that emerges organically from the choices users make.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • Build your own "folksonomy" for your email as you read your mail.

    MailTags: Go beyond Smart Folders for Apple Mail — Meandering Passage

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  • Great word, and sounds like a song by Prince. But it's not.

    November 9, 2009

  • There is something compulsive about tagging!

    October 6, 2007

  • I love the concept--I love to consider how things can be classified--I once thought of being an indexer, but I am afraid it would have driven me over the edge.

    June 14, 2007