17 December 2005

Folksonomy in museums

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A group of museums are exploring how tagging can enable use of museum collections — and foster links between people and institutions.

Popular Internet applications that take advantage of social tagging – think flickr and del.icio.us – have captured our collective imagination over the past year. Museums could learn from these developments, and use folksonomic classification both to improve access to on-line collections and to provide the foundation for community-based services that reinforce the role of the museum.

A group of art museums pushed towards integrating folksonomies into the museum web, developing a working prototype and directions for future development and research that could benefit the entire museum community.

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