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Tagging: People-powered Metadata for the Social Web Paperback – January 6, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0321529176 ISBN-10: 0321529170 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (January 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321529170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321529176
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gene Smith is a consultant specializing in information architecture strategy, social classification like tagging and folksonomies, emergent information architecture and interaction design. As a principal at nForm User Experience, he's advised clients like Comcast, Ancestry.com and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Through conference presentations and online publication Gene has helped define social information architecture, an emerging field that looks at how user interactions create structure in information spaces.

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It's simple, well organized and an easy read.
Mike King
If you want to learn "all their is to know about the tagging business", you can do so with this book.
R. Streeter
If you use the Web a lot, the stream of information you navigate sometimes seems like a tsunami.
Paul A. Baker

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Format: Paperback
This was a really good book. It wasn't what I expected it to be. But it was a worthwhile read. I picked it up because I do a fair amount of work writing book reviews and making guides and booklists on Amazon. And Amazon now lets guys like me create tags for the books I review and include in guides and lists. I kind of expected this book would have talked a little bit about the Amazon system of tagging. Nope. But that's OK. It's still a good book. It includes seven chapters and three appendices:

1. What is tagging?
2. The value of tagging
3. Tagging system architecture
4. Tags, metadata, and classical systems
5. Navigation and visualization
6. Interfaces
7. Technical design
A. Case study: social bookmarking
B. Case study: media sharing
C. Case study: personal information management

Tagging is a form of information that is really starting to take root in our computer systems and online systems. I first experienced it back in 1998 when I purchased a copy of Lotus Organizer to use as my Personal Information Manager (PIM) when practicing law. The program allowed me to cross-reference the many lists I had created in its database. I thought it was really cool back then.

I was just getting into creating Web sites in 1998, too. And I found the tagging features in Lotus Organizer enabled me to do with the data in my database what I was doing with my Web pages in my Web sites. Basically tagging is another name for hyperlinking. Nothing more and nothing less. A tag will take you to a new idea, concept, data item, data page, or database. It's a springboard that will take you to information.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Baker on June 5, 2008
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Participating in a community, sharing our interests, and contributing to the collective good are all fundamentally human motivations, Smith says, and social tagging systems tap into these.

If you use the Web a lot, the stream of information you navigate sometimes seems like a tsunami. Besides emails and RSS feeds, your digital stream can include social networking sites, photos from your friends, links from Del.icio.us, and Twitter tweets.

Tagging these online resources can help you make sense of your stream. If you use tags now, this book will show you ways to juice your game, and will likely point you to new resources. If you don't use tags, this book explains how tagging can help, and how to get started.

And if you're a web architect, Gene Smith walks you through the things you should consider when designing tagging system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By atmj TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 1, 2009
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I have worked on a variety of applications and have participated in conferences where it is clear we all have an incredible amount of data to manage.
It seems tagging is the new means of organizing your data, but it is also equally clear to most of us that this feels very unstructured.

This book is sure to be a seminal book, discussing the early years of tagging. It deals with the basics:
a. What it is
b. Why we want to do it
c. Some various methods and structures for tagging and how we would use it.
d. Examples of the components of tagging, why and where to use them
e. Some code nuts and bolts of how to approach tagging.

Finally there are some real life examples
1. Social bookmarking
2. Media sharing
3. Personal information management.

This book is easy to read and quickly gets you up to speed on some of the issues associated with tagging.

Essentially it says, you need to decide what you want to do, before deciding on the type of tagging you would use.

It also clearly leaves the reader realizing this is just the beginning..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kall VINE VOICE on April 17, 2014
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I was in the process of developing a customized tagging system for my content management system and this book was a great help, really getting me to think through the different possibilities and considerations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Streeter on October 16, 2012
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It is not often I get to use "definitive" and "easy to read" in the same sentence, but this book made me do just that.

If you want to learn "all their is to know about the tagging business", you can do so with this book. The content ranges from an academic background on semantic nuances to line by line code examples, and everything in between. And the feather in the cap for this book is how fast and easy it is to read and fully to digest all the material so you come out well rounded on the subject.
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