Exploring digital information using tags and local knowledge

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Abstract

This paper describes a pilot study examining user-contributed metadata associated with the Library of Congress Flickr project in conjunction with the Library of Congress' more traditional metadata records. We collected all records from the LC Flickr Project which contained subject headings for the pilot study. These records were examined using basic descriptive statistics and qualitative analysis techniques to determine similarities and differences between the user-contributed and traditional metadata, specifically in the areas of tag usage, comment contents, and associated notes. We discovered that many users were contributing local and personal knowledge to the Flickr records.

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