Stock WG "Folksonomies and Science Communication" Information Services & Use 27:97-103, 2007.
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AUTOR : Stock, Wolfgang G.
TITLE : Folksonomies and Science Communication
SOURCE: Information Services & Use 27:97-103, 2007.
Folksonomies complete the methods of indexing scientific documents. Now
scientists in their function as readers may play an active role in science
communication as well, since they can tag documents with terms taken from
their professional or personal environment. Folksonomies allow the
indexing of documents by everyone without following any rules. Besides the
benefits of some folksonomies, there are severe problems, e.g. the tags'
lack of precision. In order to overcome the shortcomings of this
collaborative indexing method, we introduce natural language processing of
tags and a relevance ranking algorithm which is based on specific tag
distributions, on aspects of collaboration and on the actions of
the "prosumers". This article is a plea for the combination of the "old"
science databases and the benefits of the folksonomies.
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