Folksonomy definition

fōk-sŏnə-mē
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A collection of metatags generated by users of a particular website that together create a taxonomy that categorizes the content of that website.
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(Internet) The spontaneous cooperation of a group of people to organize information into categories; the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content; a user-generated taxonomy.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
folksonomy
Plural:
folksonomies

Origin of folksonomy

  • Coined in 2004 by Thomas Vander Wal, American information architect, as a blend of folk taxonomy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of folk and taxonomy

    From Wiktionary