Tag management

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Tag management is the ability to manage user-generated tags (also known as categories, taxonomies or folksonomies) within collaborative software. Tag management features and processes are put in place to encourage cross-user consistency, navigation efficiency and compliance with an existing taxonomy.

Tag management a priori[edit]

The tags that users will be able to use can be controlled up-hill (before they have entered the data set) by

  • Faceted classification, categorizing tags in facets (e.g. organization or place facet)
  • Predefining tags, authority lists of tags can be created and suggested to users
  • Restricting tag creation, allow users to create or not new tags other than predefined tags
  • Mandatory facets, meaning a user must categorize each item with at least a tag from this facet
  • Relating tags, meaning selecting a tag will also display the results of other tags related to it (e.g. synonyms or translations)

Tag management a posteriori[edit]

Tags can be gardened down-hill (after they have entered the data set) by

  • Renaming tags (e.g. typos)
  • Deleting tags
  • Moving tags to correct facets (e.g. an organization name)
  • Merging tags (e.g. single and plural words)

Examples of tag management[edit]


  1. ^ "WordPress tag management". WordPress. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  2. ^ "SharePoint 2010 metadata and taxonomy management". CMS Wire. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  3. ^ "Drupal Taxonomies". Drupal. Retrieved 2015-01-11.