Social metadata for libraries, archives and museums: Research findings

Background from OCLC site:

A Social Metadata Working Group has been reviewing dozens of social media sites and analyzing issues that will need to be resolved to take full advantage of the array of potential user contributions by communicating and sharing them on the network level. A survey to social metadata site managers will be conducted in the latter half of 2009. The group will issue a report of our recommendations in early 2010.

Among the questions the working group is addressing:

 *   What are the objectives for social metadata and how do we measure success?
 *   What user contributions would most enrich existing metadata created by libraries, archives, and museums?
 *   What are examples of successful social media sites and what factors contribute to their success?
 *   What best practices currently exist, or need to be developed, that can guide institutions in managing user contributions and various related issues?
 *   To what extent is moderation necessary or desirable?
 *   How are cultural institutions integrating social metadata into formal taxonomies?

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