Thomas Vander Wal: When Folksonomies Supplant Taxonomies

September 13th, 2010

When you’re sharing photos online, posting to your blog, arranging books on your bookshelves, or organizing your recipes, you come up with your own categorization systems. While there’s a science of classification called taxonomy, Internet developer and information architect Thomas Vander Wal has dubbed the on-the-fly categorization methods used by everyday people “folksonomy.”

Melvil Dewey: The King of Classification

September 9th, 2010

Peruse the offerings in any of 200,000 libraries around the world, and you’ll see the footprint of one man: Melvil Dewey. Creator of the Dewey Decimal Classification, Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) was an education reformer, and took it upon himself to codify Francis Bacon’s knowledge structure with a set of numbers, and apply those numbers to [...]