Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Taxonomy Vs. Folksonomy

Taxonomies are a consistent way of classifying and describing content and information that allows people to think about information in the same way. This type of system ensures that content is stored and managed in a manner that is consistent with that type of content
For example see this Taxonomic Rank image.

On the other hand, folksonomies have no classification restrictions.  They are user generated tags which provide meaning to the users.  The sharing of knowledge is greater since tagging generates communication.  The easier to understand tags also assist search and retrieval of information.
For example social networking hashtags on Twitter and Facebook, and Pinterest photosharing.