Finding Folksonomy in Folder Structures

Finding Folksonomy in Folder Structures

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Presented by
Camille Mathieu
Wednesday, October 16, 2019; 12:00 to 1:00 pm Eastern

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Perhaps you have been tasked with creating a controlled vocabulary from scratch, but don’t know where to begin. Or maybe your organization has a legacy taxonomy, but it desperately needs to be updated, since no one actually finds it useful. What’s an info pro to do?
This webinar will cover an underutilized resource – the folder structure – that can provide a rich folksonomy of organization-specific vocabulary and concepts if you just know where to look.
Folder structures, both ones on shared network drives, in cloud-based systems like SharePoint or Google Drive, or on individual desktops, are rich sources of user-generated, organized information that are largely unused by many findability solutions.
This webinar will discuss:
  • The general function of a taxonomy and other KOSs (knowledge organization systems) in the organization
  • The conflict between how knowledge workers create information, and how they expect to find it
  • How to find, read, and normalize folder structures to create useful folksonomies
  • Iterating on those folksonomies to create/update formal taxonomies
About Camille Mathieu
Camille Mathieu is an Information Science Specialist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her work focuses on organizational knowledge management, including taxonomy development, metadata field standardization, and enterprise content findability tasks. Her current research seeks to understand and model the complementary roles that knowledge workers perform as both the creators and consumers of enterprise content. Camille was a member of the 2017 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) cohort. She holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from UCLA's Department of Information Studies, and her undergraduate work was in literature with an emphasis in Romanticism.

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