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Tags as Keywords - Comparison of the Relative Quality of Tags and Keywords

Sue Yeon Syn and Michael Spring

(Submission #47)


Tags assigned by users are considered to have potential in categorizing web resources despite the fact that they do not use a controlled vocabulary and are contributed by non-experts. This study explores the potential of using tags to replace controlled vocabulary as a method of organizing web resources. Author-assigned keywords and users-assigned tags for a shared data collection are compared. The data was gathered from scientific papers that have both author-assigned keywords and user-assigned tags. Author-assigned keyword and user-assigned tags were compared with similarity measurement, based on classification system, and by clustering method.

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