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Survival of the fittest tag: Folksonomies, findability, and the evolution of information organization

May 8, 2009

Alexis Wichowski, doctoral candidate in Information Science at the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany, writes about folksonomies, findability, and the evolution of information organization in the May 4th issue of First Monday. The abstract of the article is below:

Folksonomies have emerged as a means to create order in a rapidly expanding information environment whose existing means to organize content have been strained. This paper examines folksonomies from an evolutionary perspective, viewing the changing conditions of the information environment as having given rise to organization adaptations in order to ensure information “survival” — remaining findable. This essay traces historical information organization mechanisms, the conditions that gave rise to folksonomies, and the scholarly response, review, and recommendations for the future of folksonomies.

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