February Meeting | Tagging: It's the Interface Stupid!

A presentation by Joseph A. Busch, Founder and Principal, Taxonomy Strategies LLC

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: GSI Commerce, Inc., 935 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA (map)
RSVP: Please let us know if you are coming at phillyCHI@gmail.com

Interest in content user-assigned tags is one of the big new stories on the Web. But content tagging is not a new story. What’s new about Web 2.0 is that end users are doing the tagging instead of librarians, and the results are being shown almost instantly on websites like flickr, del.icio.us, Wikipedia, and Technorati.Librarians have long contended that end users cannot usefully tag content because they are not trained in how to do indexing. More correctly, end users cannot tag content the way librarians tag content. But this begs the question about what kind of tagging is useful.

Joseph will discuss the usefulness to be found in tagging as it relates to librarians and usability professionals, the Semantic Web, and document and content management practices.

Joseph Busch is the Founder and a Principal of Taxonomy Strategies. Joseph is an authority in the field of information science, a past President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and an appointee to the Board of Directors of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. He is a frequent speaker on metadata, taxonomy, indexing, classification research, information retrieval, and content management. Read more about Joseph at Taxonomy Strategies.

GSI CommerceThe February meeting is sponsored by GSI Commerce, Inc. in King of Prussia, PA. GSI Commerce is a leading provider of outsourced e-commerce solutions for approximately 50 partners. More information about GSI COmmerce, Inc. can be found at gsicommerce.com.