Meaning of folksonomy in English:


Pronunciation /fəʊkˈsɒnəmi/


  • A user-generated system of classifying and organizing online content into different categories by the use of metadata such as electronic tags.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Here's a deadly serious application for folksonomy: stitch together the historic record of the July 7th bombings.’
    • ‘When I found out it was folksonomy I was a little disappointed, to be honest.’
    • ‘Clever use of Flickr clusters can bring order to the random folksonomy of tagging.’
    • ‘There's no doubt about it: folksonomy is hot right now.’
    • ‘The impressionist's take on the folksonomy discussion between them is the best text for time-pressured people to read today.’


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