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n. pl. folk·son·o·mies
A collection of metatags generated by users of a particular website that together create a taxonomy that categorizes the content of that website.

[Coined in 2004 by Thomas Vander Wal, American information architect, as a blend of folk and taxonomy.]


a system of classification that makes use of terms that occur naturally in the language of users of the system
[C21: from folk + taxonomy]
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Analysis of the impact of a tag recommendation system in a real-world folksonomy.
A folksonomy is a collaborative effort by a number of people to organize digital content.
When its curation-minded librarian led the implementation of a user-generated folksonomy, contributions shifted to the point where today 60 percent of the reports are lab-generated and the remaining 40 percent come from other departments such as sales, marketing, human resources and purchasing.
Folksonomy is created from the act of tagging by the person consuming the information" (Vander Wal 2007, vanderwal.
It describes the knowledge society, including the functions and activities of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization); traditional and modern methods of knowledge organization; different categories of information; information explosion and information overloading; methods of controlling information; the role and functions of keywords, and different categories; the concepts of folksonomy and tagging; domain ontology and the semantic web; and the concepts of Web 2.
museum project (Leason 2009) studied the link between a crowdsourced user tags folksonomy and the professionally created museum documentation.
Folksonomy is a play on the word taxonomy, a formal system for classifying items into specific, mutually exclusive categories or taxa.
They are a form of social classification, or folksonomy, similar to tags used in social bookmarking sites such as Delicious (founded in 2003) and blogging content management systems such as Blogger (founded in 1999) and WordPress (founded in 2003).
Tags are used for folksonomy construction [9], annotations can play an important role in content enrichment and content quality improvement, e.
Different Tag Gardening Activities for Folksonomy Maintenance and Enrichment (pp.
PatientsLikeMe: Consumer health vocabulary as a folksonomy.
User-centered image indexing--often reported in research on collaborative tagging, social classification, folksonomy, or personal tagging--has received a considerable amount of attention [1-7].