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Tagging: People-Powered Metadata for the Social Web

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Tagging: People-Powered Metadata for the Social Web

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Tagging: People-Powered Metadata for the Social Web by Gene Smith ISBN: 978-0-321-52917-6 Published: 2008 Pages: 208 pp.; softcover Price: $39.99

Available from: New Riders, 1249 Eighth St., Berkeley, CA 94710; (510) 524-2178; www.newriders.com.

I sometime fear to use this "t" word, as I have long been involved with thesauri, taxonomies, controlled terms, and other tools of the indexing profession. And I've heard many intelligent people pooh-pooh the idea that the masses can add any value with their messy tags. But tagging is certainly popular in some circles, and this book will help you figure out why.

The author, an information architect and principal at nForm User Experience, identifies the pros and cons of using tags. Each of the seven chapters covers a different aspect of tagging, starting with the basics-what is tagging, and why does it matter? It includes five reasons why people tag and seven business benefits. The discussion gets progressively more specific and technical, describing the system architecture of tagging, comparing tagging with other classification systems, visualization of tags, and finally user interfaces and technical design. …

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