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folksonomy

[fohk-son-uh-mee] /foʊkˈsɒn ə mi/
noun, plural folksonomies. Computers.
1.
a classification system derived from user-generated electronic tags or keywords that annotate and describe online content:
Imprecise folksonomies can hinder information retrieval.
Origin
2000-2005
2000-05; blend of folks and taxonomy
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British Dictionary definitions for folksonomy

folksonomy

/fəʊkˈsɒnəmɪ/
noun
1.
a system of classification that makes use of terms that occur naturally in the language of users of the system
Word Origin
C21: from folk + taxonomy
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Contemporary definitions for folksonomy
noun

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

Examples

The tagging or folksonomy models now in place seem to completely ignore the issue of hierarchy.

Word Origin

2005; folk + taxonomy

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