What is tagging?

  • Keywords to describe digital objects
  • Method of personal organization – encoding and retrieving
  • Folksonomy as opposed to taxonomy


  • Distributed work
  • Enriches searching capability and retrieval
  • Good for individual organizational work
  • Flexible


  • Counts on volunteers
  • Lack of consistency
  • Tags can be noise, ambiguous, and incorrectly applied
  • Few studies on effectiveness
  • No quality control
  • Seems to be waning in popularity

Organization and Process Improvement Coordinator

Julie Kelly