The trouble with tags: an approach to richer tagging for online learning

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Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada

World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Nov 17, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2

Abstract

This paper identifies a range of issues with folksonomies based on tags. While some of these issues are in the familiar territory of metonmy, synonymy, ambiguity and similar problems that are less problematic in formal taxonomies and ontologies, others are concerned with fundamental properties of complex systems. Most notably these touch on evolutionary principles, particularly as they relate to the need for parcellation and recombination. The paper then presents a range of solutions that can potentially extend the functionality of tagging systems without greatly increasing the cognitive load on a tagging system's users.

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Dron, J. (2008). The trouble with tags: an approach to richer tagging for online learning. In C. Bonk et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2008 (pp. 3660-3667). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved August 1, 2014 from http://www.editlib.org/p/30195.


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