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By Fran Alexander


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Folksonomies are gaining favour as a free content organisational system on sites like Flickr and del.icio.us, but that doesn't make them ready for business prime time. Fran Alexander explores the pros and cons of folksonomies in the workplace and provides some insight into balancing the costs and benefits of crowd-sourced tagging.


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Folksonomies are gaining favour as a free content organisational system on sites like Flickr and del.icio.us, but that doesn't make them ready for business prime time. Fran Alexander explores the pros and cons of folksonomies in the workplace and provides some insight into balancing the costs and benefits of crowd-sourced tagging

Appropriate rewards to encourage tagging will depend on the type of content and the corporate culture. If people feel that they are spending a lot of time tagging, but others are benefiting more than them, or that they are adding helpful tags and other people are adding self-promotional or silly tags, they may become disillusioned and the folksonomy will stagnate.

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Fran Alexander is Taxonomy Manager at the BBC Archive, one of the world's largest audiovisual archives. She began her career as an editor of dictionaries, encyclopaedias, thesauri and almanacs, with a focus on converting print products to online formats.  In 2001, she joined Keesing's Worldwide where she managed the creation of a new online news archive before becoming editorial director in 2007. She has a Master of Research degree from the Department of Information Studies at University College London and blogs at http://www.vocabcontrol.com.

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