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Folksonomy: the New Way to Serendipity

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  • Auray, Nicolas

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Folksonomy expands the collaborative process by allowing contributors to index content. It rests on three powerful properties: the absence of a prior taxonomy, multi-indexation and the absence of thesaurus. It concerns a more exploratory search than an entry in a search engine. Its original relationship-based structure (the three-way relationship between users, content and tags) means that folksonomy allows various modalities of curious explorations: a cultural exploration and a social exploration. The paper has two goals. Firstly, it tries to draw a general picture of the various folksonomy websites. Secundly, since labelling lacks any standardisation, folksonomies are often under threat of invasion by noise. This paper consequently tries to explore the different possible ways of regulating the self-generated indexation process.

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  • Auray, Nicolas, 2007. "Folksonomy: the New Way to Serendipity," MPRA Paper 4582, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:4582
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    1. Paris Chrysos, 2011. "An organisational design approach of business environments: the case of Barcamps milieu in Paris," Post-Print halshs-00796937, HAL.
    2. Nicolas Auray & Bruno Vétel, 2013. "L'exploration comme modalité d'ouverture attentionnelle : Design et régulation d'un jeu freemium," Post-Print halshs-00955889, HAL.

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    Keywords

    taxonomy; indexation; innovation and user-created content;

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    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting
    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)
    • M49 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Other
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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