Hyperallergic: Can Social Tagging Deepen the Museum Experience?

Hyperallergic: Can Social Tagging Deepen the Museum Experience?. “In 2004, an information architect named Thomas Vander Wal coined the term ‘folksonomy’ to describe language that originates from the masses up. He and other information architects were observing this process on the internet through social tagging — users generating and pairing keywords to images to make them easier to find later. A folksonomy behaves like a taxonomy in that it is meant to assign meaning to things by classifying them. But while a taxonomy strives for scientific accuracy, a folksonomy is by nature imperfect. The internet has democratized cultural sectors whose vocabulary was defined by a small elite; the art museum community, inspired by Vander Wal, is one of them.”

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