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12 MARCH 2008

Broad and Narrow Folksonomies

"The broad folksonomy has many people tagging the same object and every person can tag the object with their own tags in their own vocabulary. This lends itself very easy to applying the power law curve (power curve) and/or net effect to the results of many people tagging. The power terms and the long tail both work.

From a high level we see a person creates the object (content) and makes it accessible to others. Other people (groups of people with the same vocabulary represented people blobs and noted with alphabet letters) tag the object (lines with arrows pointing away from the people) with their own terms (represented by numbers). The people also find the information (arrows on lines pointing from the numeric tags back to the people blobs) based on the tags."
(Thomas Vander Wal)

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road folksonomy • folksonomiesfolksonomyindex systemjuxtapositionneologismtaggingThomas Vander Wal

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Simon Perkins
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