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Contextual Authority Tagging:
Cognitive Authority through Folksonomy


Contextual Authority Tagging is the use of folksonomy to discover and define cognitive authority through reputation within communities of users. Authority is granted by individual users to other individual users with regard to their perceived domains of knowledge via free text tags or labels. This allows discovery of at least two things, 1) which users in a group are authority figures on a certain topic area, and 2) what areas of expertise a particular user possesses. A basic proposal is laid out along with a few examples to foster communication and thought on this new distributed way to discover cognitive authority.

Slides - Feb 2008 (PDF 736kB) - iConference08, UCLA

Slides - Nov 2006 (PDF 800kB)

Slides - Sept 2006 (PDF 62kB)

Slides - Sept 2005 (PDF 88kB) - CRADLE Seminar

Submitted for INLS 302 - May 2005 (PDF 89kB)


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