INF506 Folksonomies


The question posed: What value does a user-generated folksonomy offer in comparison with a taxonomy designed by information professionals?

I have only recently become familiar with the term folksonomy and I find it an interesting one. I feel that tagging is something that could be useful in the library (I would actually love to start a wide reading blog involving a class of students – they could then tag their blog posts, and readers of the blog would be able to find books that interest them through using the tags.)

What value does a user-generated folksonomy offer? I agree with Rosenfeld’s point when he states ‘…controlled vocabularies often miss out on input from content authors and become rigid, stale, and distant from the vernacular of users’ (2005). I believe this is especially true when looking at the concept of folksonomies within a high school context as the vocabulary of students compared to that of staff can be very different. If educators want students to find the tags useful and to be involved in the creation process, I believe that user-generated folksonomy offers some real advantages.


Rosenfeld, L. (2005). Folksonomies? How about Metadata Ecologies? Retrieved from