Flickr and democratic indexing: dialogic approaches to indexing

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dc.contributor.author Hidderley, Rob
dc.contributor.author Rafferty, Pauline
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-18T11:58:08Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-18T11:58:08Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Hidderley , R & Rafferty , P 2007 , ' Flickr and democratic indexing: dialogic approaches to indexing ' Aslib Proceedings , vol 59 , no. 4-5 , pp. 397-410 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0001-253X
dc.identifier.other PURE: 97474
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1790
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1790
dc.description Rafferty, Pauline, Hidderley, Rob, (2007) 'Flickr and democratic indexing: dialogic approaches to indexing', Aslib Proceedings 59(4-5) pp.397-410 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this paper is two-fold: to examine three models of subject indexing (i.e. expert-led indexing, author-generated indexing, and user-orientated indexing); and to compare and contrast two user-orientated indexing approaches (i.e. the theoretically-based Democratic Indexing project, and Flickr, a working system for describing photographs). Design/methodology/approach – The approach to examining Flickr and Democratic Indexing is evaluative. The limitations of Flickr are described and examples are provided. The Democratic Indexing approach, which the authors believe offers a method of marshalling a “free” user-indexed archive to provide useful retrieval functions, is described. Findings – The examination of both Flickr and the Democratic Indexing approach suggests that, despite Shirky's claim of philosophical paradigm shifting for social tagging, there is a residing doubt amongst information professionals that self-organising systems can work without there being some element of control and some form of “representative authority”. Originality/value – This paper contributes to the literature of user-based indexing and social tagging. en
dc.format.extent 14 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Aslib Proceedings en
dc.title Flickr and democratic indexing: dialogic approaches to indexing en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00012530710817591
dc.contributor.institution Department of Information Studies en
dc.contributor.institution Information Behaviour and e-learning en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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