WWW07 Tagging and Metadata for Social Information Organization

Posted on: June 10, 2007

Unfortunately, I will not be able to recreate my liveblog of the WWW07 Tagging Workshop. So I will just provide the links to all the great papers presented there. Another big thank you goes out to Scott Golder and Frank Smadja for organizing a wonderful workshop.

9am: Network Properties of Folksonomies

9:30am: Tag-Cloud Drawing: Algorithms for Cloud Visualization

10am: Semkey: A Semantic Collaborative Tagging System

10:30am:  Emerging Motivations for Tagging: Expression, Performance and Activism (my paper, the presentation was very well received!)

11am: Applying Collaborative Tagging to E-Learning

11:30am: Learning User Profiles from Tagging Data and Leveraging them for Personal(ized) Information Access

12pm: Towards federated Web2.0 sites: the FolkDesk approach

After the formal presentations, we had a very informal break-out session where we mostly talked about my suggestion, which was “Beyond-text, utilizing multimedia for tagging”, we also extended our talk into tagging real-space and possible motivations for doing so. There was some great input from Mor Naaman, who works at Yahoo! Research Berkley, and is responsible for the great TagMaps application.

My main take-away from the workshop was the discovery that there have actually been no user studies conducted on tagging, and so I have decided that part of my dissertation will definitely include user studies, specifically looking at the motivations for tagging across different systems (ie not only ones that are specifically designed for organization such as Flickr).

I also took some great pictures of Banff, which was an amazingly beautiful location. I honestly did not want to leave. You can view some of my pictures here:

Banff 2007

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