Manual Tagging - Born to tag? and to What End?
Dennis McDonald recently posted an entry on his experience with Reuters' automatic tagging tool called Calais.
Despite the issues, I’m impressed and looking forward to tools like this making their way into more products and services.
The addition of features such as learning, training, and authority lists will provide significant aids to both manual and automated use of such tools.
In response to a comment, he adds:
At this stage of my life and my career I have finally learned what I believe is a great truth: some people are born to tag, and some people are not.
I agree! I think there is a great role for category focused folksonomies, but clearly see the limits to how well enterprise users will tag content.
All that said, there is a really important and key distinction between tagging for categorization and tagging for other purposes such as for action, priority or content type.
We may be collectively lazy and uncoordinated when tagging for categorization - thats where automated tagging really can help, and generally outperform humans.
When it comes to tagging for action, priority or content type - the situation is different.
A prime example is writing "requirements" - tagging each blog or wiki page as Requirement, P1 or P2, To Do or Done, and Milestone Alpha or Milestone Beta.
This is the essence of content re-use which has been talked about but never really implemented in "Document Management 1.