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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
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
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
- Content management systems: WordPress, Microsoft SharePoint Drupal,
- Enterprise bookmarking tools: Jumper 2.0, Knowledge Plaza
- Ensighten, Inc., Tag Management Technology
- "WordPress tag management". WordPress. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "SharePoint 2010 metadata and taxonomy management". CMS Wire. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Drupal Taxonomies". Drupal. Retrieved 2015-01-11.