Taxonomy of tagging systems
Categorised under: Information architecture
Gene Smith has written an article that describes tagging systems, classifying them in different ways and exploring why users tag. To quote:
This is my cheat sheet for the paper “Position Paper, Tagging, Taxonomy, Flickr, Article, ToRead” (PDF). I’d recommend reading it (if you find tagging interesting you probably already have) but I wanted to extract its two conceptual taxonomies. They’re helpful for thinking about tagging systems but the paper buries them a bit.
The paper deals mainly with social tagging systems, and it uses the classic tripartite model of tagging: resource (the thing being tagged), user (the person doing the tagging) and tags (the tag connecting the two).
[Thanks to Joshua Porter.]