Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Dewey who?

Forget the Dewey Decimal system.

Through tagging, Internet users are revolutionizing the way we classify and use information.

According to Wikipedia, a tag is "a (relevant) keyword or term associated with or assigned to a piece of information (like picture, article, or video clip), thus describing the item and enabling keyword-based classification of information it is applied to.

Tags are usually chosen informally and personally by the author/creator or the consumer of the item — i.e. not usually as part of some formally defined classification scheme. Tags are typically used in dynamic, flexible, automatically generated internet taxonomies for online resources such as computer files, web pages, digital images, and internet bookmarks (both in social bookmarking services, and in the current generation of web browsers - see Flock)."

A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project explores how tagging changes people's relationship to information and to each other. Read the report to learn more about how tagging works and who the taggers are: http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Tagging.pdf

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