Convergence and divergence in tagging systems: An examination of tagging practices over a four year period

Kipp, Margaret E.I. Convergence and divergence in tagging systems: An examination of tagging practices over a four year period., 2010 . In American Society of Information Science & Technology Annual General Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 22-27 October 2010. (Unpublished) [Conference poster]

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This paper analyses the tagging patterns on delicious.com for a set of documents (URLs) over a 4 year period using informetrics methods to assess how collaborative tagging supports and enhances traditional document indexing. Results of the study show that there is still a mix of consensus and divergence in tagging term use and tagging patterns. While some of the chosen URLs maintained or even increased their popularity, others experienced a severe drop in popularity. Tag usage showed some measures of influence between taggers, but users continued to use their own tags and the proportions of unique and untagged items has increased. Proportions of tags used showed fluctuations with islands of stability over a 4 year period. Patterns in the usage of tags assigned to these documents also highlighted practices related to personal and collective information organisation which conventional systems are unable to facilitate.

Item type: Conference poster
Keywords: tagging, informetrics, convergence, divergence, intertagger consistency, stability
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > ID. Knowledge representation.
B. Information use and sociology of information. > BB. Bibliometric methods.
Depositing user: Margaret E. I. Kipp
Date deposited: 05 Nov 2010
Last modified: 14 Dec 2012 22:32
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/15032

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