Bookmark cases

Because most cases in this week are based on del.icio.us, I’d like to discuss them together. Del.icio.us provides a uniform platform for all these libraries, so users could easily identify different functions on the webpage and use those functions. That’s the beauty of using consistent interface. However, a big problem I identified on all library based on Del.icio.us platform is that they have way too many tags. Also too many synonymies and ambiguous terms are used in their tags. For example, MCC library used “book” and “books” as its tags. I don’t really know what the difference is and only 1 article belongs to “book” and five articles belong to “books”. Lansing Public Library has a tag called “800”. What does this mean? Obviously, all these problems will cause confusion and readers might finally give up.

PennTags provides the most used tags on top of the page which helps users locate some popular articles. The best function provided on this site is that they actually tell you whether the requested page is available or not. In contrast, Del.icio.us does not have this function. For instance, if you use seldovia.library’s bookmarks and click “KPB Parcel Search”, you will get an error “the page cannot be found”. So I think it is very useful to tell the availability of the bookmark.

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5 Responses to “Bookmark cases”

  1. Jill Says:

    I agree with you that the tags used, available from the libraries’ del.icio.us clouds are too many, too ambiguous, and with no control for retrieving synonyms or singular vs. plural–a long way from the careful controlled vocabulary of catalogues.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I’ll second Jill’s agreement. I think that the glut of similar tags makes these sites overwhelming for users.

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