zondag 1 mei 2005

The folksonomic zeitgeist

At the Les Blogs conference in Paris last week (great coverage here) there were many discussions on the topic of 'folksonomies' vs taxonomies. One isn't necessarily better or worse than the other however.

"Sure, it's not as precise as expert librarian tagging. But as Clay Shirky has pointed out, folksonomies are -- on a volunteer basis -- doing a terrific job of something that would be otherwise impossible to do: To pay experts to go around the Net tagging up photos and collections of links to make them searchable."

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