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Title: User tags versus expert-created metadata: a comparison between LibraryThing tags and Library of Congress subject headings
Authors: Lu, Caimei
Park, Jung-ran
Hu, Xiaohua
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2010
Series/Report no.: IST Research Day 2010 posters
Abstract: Social tagging, as a new approach for creating metadata, has caught the attention of library and information science researchers. Many researchers recommend incorporating social tagging into the library environment and combining folksonomies with formal classification. However, some researchers are concerned with the quality issues of social annotation owing to its uncontrolled nature. In this study, we compare social tags created by information professionals from the LibraryThing website and the Library of Congress Subjecting Headings (LCSH). The purpose of the study is to examine whether social annotations can be used to enhance subject access to library collections. The results of data analysis reveal some noteworthy patterns related to the usage of tags and LCSH and present solid evidence for those who are interested in the feasibility and effectiveness of applying social tagging in libraries.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3476
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