folksonomy

folksonomy

[fohk-son-uh-mee]
noun, plural folksonomies. Computers.
a classification system derived from user-generated electronic tags or keywords that annotate and describe online content: Imprecise folksonomies can hinder information retrieval.


Origin:
2000–05; blend of folks and taxonomy

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folksonomy (fəʊkˈsɒnəmɪ)
 
n
a system of classification that makes use of terms that occur naturally in the language of users of the system
 
[C21: from folk + taxonomy]

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Main Entry:  folksonomy
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of classification system for online content, created by an individual user who tags information with freely chosen keywords; also, the cooperation of a group of people to create such a classification system
Example:  The tagging or folksonomy models now in place seem to completely ignore the issue of hierarchy.
Etymology:  2005; folk + taxonomy
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