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Method to Leverage Aggregated Tags for Searching

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198791D
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

Described is a method to optimize searches of tags assigned to resources in a database. Related tags that can describe the same output are compared, in addition to those tags that are different. The aggregated Boolean search finds these related tags, and prioritizes the presentation of the results. In this way, the search turns up additional resources that otherwise would not have been identified.

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Method to Leverage Aggregated Tags for Searching

Keywords are used by publishers to locate content in databases. Keywords were applied to Internet content in 2003 when the social bookmarking site Delicious provided a way for its users to add "tags" to their bookmarks as a way to help find them later. Delicious also provided browseable aggregated views of the bookmarks of all users featuring a particular tag. Likewise, Flickr allowed its users to add free-form tags to each of their pictures, creating flexible and easy metadata that made the pictures highly searchable. These early examples of tagging popularized the concept, and other social software websites also implemented tagging. Several corporations now take advantage of tagging in social software.

As these user-determined tagging systems have grown, they have relied on naming decisions made by each user. Tags are non-hierarchical and are used to describe an item so that it can be found again by browsing or searching. Since they are chosen informally and personally by the item's creator or by its viewer, a collection of tags is known as a folksonomy (vs. a structured taxonomy).

The challenge of folksonomies is that over time, language changes in response to social, economic and political pressures. Linguists have found that language tends to change even without these influences, simply in the way that various individuals within a culture use the language and these different words and sayings are integrated by...