‘User Tagging of Online Cultural Heritage Items’ is a paper that has been prepared by a team of four staff from various Australian museums, archives and libraries on the value of user tagging. The paper is the result of a survey of Australian and New Zealand cultural institutions, and comes to some interesting conclusions.
With regard to eHive, it is interesting to note the conclusions drawn by the authors that user tagging of records not only helps broaden interpretation of collections, but is invaluable in “engaging and creating communities from afar” (piii), and “giving the public a sense of ownership” (piii).
The paper is brief but includes the survey, responses, bibliography and a handy glossary of terms.
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