I'm In Ur Bookmarks, Stealin' Ur Tags!: Closed Communities and Their Influence On Consistent Vocabularies In User Developed Folksonomies

by Donkar, Agatha

Abstract (Summary)
Metadata technology allowing users to create and modify their own personal descriptive metadata for World Wide Web pages has also given rise to similarly-interested communities of web users registered at sites such as Delicious, who are refining their own content vocabularies. This research examined these vocabularies to determine if trends, patterns and unspoken vocabulary policy exists amongst the users. This study extracted data from Delicious' URL history pages and analyzed the data via content analysis. The research found that vocabulary consistency exists within the community, despite individually and independently generated data. The analysis was based specifically ontype and content descriptor identifiers for the Stargate: Atlantis fandom, which is a community of fans of the Sci Fi television show.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Jane Greenberg

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cataloging electronic data archives standardization of bibliographic records metadata internet information systems bookmarks tagging


Date of Publication:10/07/0004

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