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Understanding the Semantics of Ambiguous Tags in Folksonomies

Understanding the Semantics of Ambiguous Tags in Folksonomies
Understanding the Semantics of Ambiguous Tags in Folksonomies
The use of tags to describe Web resources in a collaborative manner has experienced rising popularity among Web users in recent years. The product of such activity is given the name folksonomy, which can be considered as a scheme of organizing information in the users' own way. In this paper, we present a possible way to analyze the tripartite graphs - graphs involving users, tags and resources - of folksonomies and discuss how these elements acquire their meanings through their associations with other elements, a process we call mutual contextualization. In particular, we demonstrate how different meanings of ambiguous tags can be discovered through such analysis of the tripartite graph by studying the tag sf. We also discuss how the result can be used as a basis to better understand the nature of folksonomies.
folksonomies, collaborative tagging, semantics
Au Yeung, Ching Man
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Gibbins, Nicholas
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Shadbolt, Nigel
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Au Yeung, Ching Man
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Gibbins, Nicholas
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Shadbolt, Nigel
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Au Yeung, Ching Man, Gibbins, Nicholas and Shadbolt, Nigel (2007) Understanding the Semantics of Ambiguous Tags in Folksonomies. The International Workshop on Emergent Semantics and Ontology Evolution (ESOE2007) at ISWC/ASWC 2007.

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The use of tags to describe Web resources in a collaborative manner has experienced rising popularity among Web users in recent years. The product of such activity is given the name folksonomy, which can be considered as a scheme of organizing information in the users' own way. In this paper, we present a possible way to analyze the tripartite graphs - graphs involving users, tags and resources - of folksonomies and discuss how these elements acquire their meanings through their associations with other elements, a process we call mutual contextualization. In particular, we demonstrate how different meanings of ambiguous tags can be discovered through such analysis of the tripartite graph by studying the tag sf. We also discuss how the result can be used as a basis to better understand the nature of folksonomies.

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Published date: November 2007
Additional Information: Event Dates: 12 November 2007
Venue - Dates: The International Workshop on Emergent Semantics and Ontology Evolution (ESOE2007) at ISWC/ASWC 2007, 2007-11-12
Keywords: folksonomies, collaborative tagging, semantics
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 264869
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/264869
PURE UUID: 36a4f7f1-f147-4dbe-b7de-f9ef3f34b27b
ORCID for Nicholas Gibbins: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6140-9956

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Date deposited: 18 Nov 2007 18:04
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 01:07

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