Definition of folksonomy in English:


Syllabification: folk·son·o·my
Pronunciation: /ˌfōkˈsänəmē

noun (plural folksonomies)

  • A user-generated system of classifying and organizing online content into different categories by the use of metadata such as electronic tags.
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    • Because of the word folksonomy, people assume it is for categorization.
    • And yet I keep having this feeling that folksonomy, and particularly amateur tagging, is profound in a way that the ‘no cheap metadata’ dictum doesn't cover.
    • Weinberger calls this grass-roots approach to organization folksonomy and predicts that it will diminish the role of experts.


early 21st century: blend of folks (see folk) and taxonomy.

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