March 10, 2009

A folksonomy is a classification system on the basis of user-generated tags.

“In a folksonomy, the relationships between tags are inferred based on their usage patterns. There are no formal relationships in a folksonomy, other than perhaps ‘degree of relatedness’. Because a folksonomy uses agorithms to look at tagging patterns, two tags that have no known semantic relationship may have a statistical relationship.”

Gene Smith, Tagging: People-Powered Metadata For The Social Web, p. 82

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