Folksonomy, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mess
Clay Shirky, Decentralization Writer/Consultant, shirky.com
Stewart Butterfield, General Manager, Flickr, Yahoo! Inc.
Joshua Schachter, Director of Engineering, Yahoo!
Jimmy Wales, Chairman of the Board, Wikia, Inc
Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 10:00am - 10:30am
Location: California Ballroom B & C
As Louis Armstrong said, "Folk music is music by folks." Similarly,
folksonomy is organization by folks. The term, coined by Thomas Vander Wal,
described the shared classification of a large body of material, often using
simple tags in a flat namespace.
Folksonomy assumes you can get value from such shared classification without
binding guidelines for how the material is classified, or professional
standards for limiting who the classifiers are. Anyone who has ever taken
Intro to Library Science can see why folksonomies are unworkable, which
makes it all the more curious that they are working in places like
del.icio.us, Flickr, and Wikipedia.
Come hear the founders of those three systems talk about the theory and
practice of unconstrained classification as practiced on their sites, and
their speculations about future direction and value to developers in
adopting folksonomic strategies for large, distributed systems.
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