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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Saturday, February 25, 2006

    Folksonomies: "and not or"

    The latest Cites and Insights (6:4 March) starts with a short piece entitled, "Perspective: Folksonomy and Dichotomy". In it, Walt Crawford states:
    The more I look at the situation, the more I see folksonomy and dichotomy—that is, false dichotomy thanks to unwarranted universalization. It’s yet another “and not or” situation: inclusionary thinking vs. exclusionary claims.
    I think this is almost entirely wrong. Everything I have heard and read (well almost everything!) - including the Key Note at the December, London Online Conference by David Weinberger - suggests that folksonomies can exist alongside, in parallell with, or in conjunction with formal catloguing systems. My own response to a panlibus posting suggested exactly that on a conventional library OPAC - OPACi: the interactive OPAC that allows user tagging IN ADDITION TO the existing cataloguing. The tree still exists above the pile of leaves!

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