The Nature of Tags in a Knowledge Organization System of Primary Visual Resources

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The study examined user-generated tags to digitized primary visual archival resources to identify the nature of tags as image description. A collection of 3,191 tags from a digital portal (NINES) was used for the study. The tags were analyzed in terms of the attributes of primary archival visual resources users described. The tags were also compared to metadata to detect their relationship with metadata. The findings help understand users' tagging behavior and resource interpretation in primary and historical visual resources in humanities domains. The results of this study demonstrate the value of tags in identifying and determining user points of view and tags' potential to represent and connect to metadata description and to support discovery of relevant resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-53
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Library Metadata
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

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© 2017, Published with license by Taylor & Francis © 2017, © Youngok Choi.


  • digital image collections
  • folksonomy
  • image indexing
  • metadata
  • tagging
  • user-generated tags

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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