Bibsonomy: a folksonomy

March 28, 2007 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Bouganvillia in ThailandJust as we’ve mastered pronouncing ‘folksonomy’ without tripping over the tongue comes ‘bibsonomy’. Bibsonomy was developed and is maintained by the University of Kassel and is a social publication, bookmark management and sharing system, mainly for researchers.

But it has all the hallmarks of popular folksonomies such as Del.icio.us. Bibsonomy is a free system that allows for managing your own bookmarks, publications, lists of literature etc and sharing them with others. Every bookmark and publication is stored together with one or more tags, which describe the content of the resource from the personal point of view. The collection of tagged resources is a personomy, which form the folksonomy. Users can explore the personomies of others and well as build their own.

Interesting to look at the social bookmarks for taxonomies and folksonomies. And always interesting to use the Wayback Machine to see how Bibsonomy’s label clouds (called Busy Tags) have changed.

With ‘folksonomy’ being a contraction of folk (person) and taxonomy, I’m wondering what new term I can come up with to contribute to all this -onomy business! Kimsonomy? the ability to tag and give more structure to myself – sounds like something I need :)-

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Entry filed under: Folksonomies, Knowledge Management.

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