The Folksonomy is a knowledge commons and social bookmarking tool of digital culture and creative practice. The tool was created by Simon Perkins in 2008 as part of his research enquiry. It has been designed to enable theory building and knowledge integration.
Significantly the tool employs a 'bottom-up' taxonomic method to organise content. This method is colloquially referred to as a 'folksonomy' - where content is able to simultaneously belong to multiple and sometimes contradictory categories. The logic of a folksonomy sits in stark contrast to the more traditional logic conventionally employed by libraries and computer operating systems where books and files are organised according to linear, centralised and hierarchical form.
Folksonomies promote a type of similitude that extends from the polysemic nature of language. In this way folksonomies provide a means of privileging interpretation without recourse to a universal and singular definition. As an application of this logic the Folksonomy tool helps users to "language reality into [and out of] existence" (Whorf 1956).
The Folksonomy is an evolution of the 2004 Constellations website. Its concept and software architecture were created by Simon Perkins and the interface design was created by Shu-Min Heng. The tool incorporates feedback from users including that from David Rogerson and comments from Nottingham Trent University Multimedia students. The Folksonomy has been created through guidance and support from Barbara Adkins, Mia Thornton, Terry Shave and Brian Griffiths.