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Re: [ontolog-forum] [ontology-summit] PLEASE, PLEASE!!

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2007 15:18:10 -0500
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Duane, Keith, and Peter,    (01)

I support the principle of collaborative tagging.  My only
complaint was about calling the result a folksonomy.    (02)

Following is the URL and abstract of an article that describes
the principles involved:    (03)

    The Structure of Collaborative Tagging Systems    (04)

    Scott Golder, Bernardo A. Huberman    (05)

    Collaborative tagging describes the process by which many users
    add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content. Recently,
    collaborative tagging has grown in popularity on the web, on
    sites that allow users to tag bookmarks, photographs and other
    content. In this paper we analyze the structure of collaborative
    tagging systems as well as their dynamical aspects. Specifically,
    we discovered regularities in user activity, tag frequencies,
    kinds of tags used, bursts of popularity in bookmarking and a
    remarkable stability in the relative proportions of tags within
    a given url. We also present a dynamical model of collaborative
    tagging that predicts these stable patterns and relates them
    to imitation and shared knowledge.    (06)

I think that the word "folksonomy" trivializes an extremely
important principle.  In fact, it is essentially the underlying
mechanism that has produced the vocabulary and syntax of every
natural language on earth.    (07)

Artificially constructed languages, such as Esperanto, are
similar to natural languages, but Wittgenstein was completely
disgusted by them.  He didn't explain his distaste in detail,
but I suspect that he felt they lacked the richness, subtlety,
and "life" of a true natural language.    (08)

However, I think a language such as Esperanto could evolve into
a natural language after a generation or two of widespread use.
Something like that happened to Hebrew after its revival as
a living language in Israel.  Then it took on a new life and
evolved into something quite different from Biblical Hebrew.    (09)

John    (010)

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