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curating tags

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Feb 9, 2008, 8:32 am

I just finished reading "Tagging" based on Tim's suggestion. I enjoyed reading the book - it was a good survey of the whole tagging space. I was especially interested in some of the behind-the-scenes techniques - such as how LibraryThing hand selects tags to be used for their LibraryThing for Libraries program. I'd be interested in hearing more about successful and failed experiments in handling and curating tags.

Feb 9, 2008, 10:02 am

Yes, I like the way LibraryThing comes up in various edge-case scenarios like that.

I haven't heard of another attempt to curate tags. I seemed an obvious answer to us, but it came from the particular sensitivities of the library market.

Neither have I heard of an attempt like our tag-combinations, which he equates to an authority file for tags.

Feb 10, 2008, 4:22 pm

Is there a write-up some where on how the tag combinations work in LibraryThing? I'd like to learn more about how it works. If someone combines SF with Science Fiction, what happens to all of those books that are set in San Francisco? Do they become associated with Science Fiction? Similarly, if someone declares that Movies and Cinema are equivalent, then books about the making of 'Weekend at Bernies' start to be listed next to the a treatment on the 'Seventh Seal'. Which for many would not be a good thing.