ASIS&T 2006 Poster Session: So, Let’s Talk About Tagging November 7, 2006Posted by jennimi in conference, tagging, web 2.0.
June Abbas and I had a wonderful, engaging and interactive poster session in which we pulled folks in to have discussions with us (pro and con) about the new phenomenon of “tagging”. We believe it was highly successful and fun – well, we had visitors for 2 hours after the session officially ended, so I hope that says something. Is tagging useful? Is it here to stay or a fad? Why are end-users motivated to tag, or not? How can we ascertain a person’s context or intent behind using particular terms? For instance one participant tagged our poster “chaos”. When I questioned her about why (making my famous frowny face, crushed that I somehow displeased her) she responded, “no this is FABULOUS”. “Chaos” meant something different to each of us at that moment in time. And lo, an ancient problem of subject analysis emerges yet again: context and subjectivity.
These and many other questions we discussed with a wonderful group of ASIS&T attendees who weren’t afraid to talk about tagging, and even get involved. We hope research studies and areas will emerge from this discussion.
For my part I am more interested than ever in the social aspects of this kind of classification. To my luck I have found new friends and colleagues who are also interested in discussing research and application implications. We may have just started a new SIG, “SIG-TAG”. Currently a few of us are looking into how to start a SIG at ASIS&T and discussing whether we want to be “official” or out on the fringe…
I will be writing more about my Austin experiences in the next few days. Select photos from our session may be found here. Here are two of my favorites. The first image is our poster just as we put it up. The second is what it looked like after hours of discussions among people from all viewpoints on the issue. I am quite pleased with our project so far and energized about future research.