2 thoughts on “Metadata Monday: Controlled Vocabulary Versus Tagging

  1. Another way of putting the taxonomy / folksonomy dichotomy would be to say that a given subject can be identified in a number of ways by different people: http://tm.durusau.net/?p=8029. With an adequate metadata infrastructure, we could gather different "names" people give to the same subject under one hood, namely the "topic" (i.e. the representative of the subject). We could add scope notes to characterize the level of expertise of the term (academic, general public ???). And the split between taxonomy and folksonomy would no longer exist because it’s all in one vocabulary which reflects real-world diversity.

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