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Folksonomy and Information Retrieval

Isabella Peters and Wolfgang G. Stock

(Submission #26)


In Web 2.0 services “prosumers“ – producers and consumers – collaborate not only for the purpose of creating content, but to index these pieces of information as well. Folksonomies permit actors to describe documents with subject headings, “tags“, without regarding any rules. Apart from a lot of benefits folksonomies have many shortcomings (e.g., lack of precision). In order to solve some of the problems we propose interpreting tags as natural language terms. Accordingly, we can introduce methods of NLP to solve the tags’ linguistic problems. Additionally we present criteria for tagged documents to create a ranking by relevance (tag distribution, collaboration and actor-based aspects).

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