Social Tagging vs Formal Ontologies

Interesting review of issues around ontologies and tools for “social tagging” posted on KnowledgeBoard by Silverio Petruzzellis. Not digested the quality of any analysis yet, but it’s comprehensive with a plethora of links (naturally) including Clay Shirky’s “Ontology is Overrated”.

As I keep saying it’s not ontology that’s overrated, but the idea that it’s fixed or pre-ordained. What social tagging does is allow an appropriate ontology to evolve. The best kind.

3 thoughts on “Social Tagging vs Formal Ontologies”

  1. Yeah, that’s right “folksonomy” seems to be the name that’s sticking.

    Explain what you infer by “filed application” ?

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