When citizen taggers become taxonomists

When citizen taggers become taxonomists: Matt at 37signals has a post about how different services parse the space between words in tags and how this is leading to confusion. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to a group of librarians and this topic came up, as well. While “tagging” and taxonomy are related (they’re not the same), the rise of citizen tagging should help raise the awareness to a more general public that the pursuit of a means to lable and organize knowledge is an ancient one and is a profession still practiced by some of the keenest minds around.