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The influence of system designer intention over collaborative tagging. an analysis of tagging behaviour in CiteULike and Delicious

Elhussein, M. and Nakata, K. (2013) The influence of system designer intention over collaborative tagging. an analysis of tagging behaviour in CiteULike and Delicious. In: 14th International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations Web of Things, People and Information Systems, 25 - 27 March 2013, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Abstract/Summary

Tagging provides support for retrieval and categorization of online content depending on users' tag choice. A number of models of tagging behaviour have been proposed to identify factors that are considered to affect taggers, such as users' tagging history. In this paper, we use Semiotics Analysis and Activity theory, to study the effect the system designer has over tagging behaviour. The framework we use shows the components that comprise the tagging system and how they interact together to direct tagging behaviour. We analysed two collaborative tagging systems: CiteULike and Delicious by studying their components by applying our framework. Using datasets from both systems, we found that 35% of CiteULike users did not provide tags compared to only 0.1% of Delicious users. This was directly linked to the type of tools used by the system designer to support tagging.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
ID Code:36295
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social Tagging, CiteULike, Delicious, Semiotics, Activity Theory.

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