12 January 2011

Tagging human knowledge

Summary talk by Paul Heymann of research at Stanford looking at web corollaries to physical book browsing in library stacks. His team have found that tags for book content (either Library of Congress or user-generated tags (including tags generated through Mechanical Turk)) help users find books they might otherwise not have accessed, and that medium frequency tags carry the information that is the most useful in helping people find the specific books they need.

[via InfoDesign]

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