BABASAHEB BHIMRAO AMBEDKAR
Department of library & information science
BLIS 202 INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICE
SUBMITTED TO SUBMITTED BY
DR.VINEET KUMAR ANAMIKA SINGH
What is social bookmarking?
Social bookmarking is the process of tagging a website page with a
browser-based tool so that you can easily visit it again later. Instead
of saving social media posts to your browser bookmarks, you can
use different platforms’ features to bookmark posts. Because the
bookmarks are online, you’ll be able to access them anywhere, from
any device with an internet connection.
Social bookmarking sites began as simple resources for social media
and content marketers. Today, they’re diverse and dynamic online
communities, where users discuss links and develop groups based on
How does social bookmarking work?
In social bookmarking sites, discussion topics are organized into specific
rooms or threads where users follow content that’s interesting to them.
When following a piece of content, you’ll receive notifications to your
personal feed when new information appears.
Links in social bookmarking sites are the starting point for discussion and
knowledge-sharing. This makes social sites an excellent location for
finding social media inspiration, earning backlinks and networking with
Some popular social networking tools include:
Why use social bookmarking?.
With social bookmarking, companies and social media marketing
managers can find and save valuable content to add to their
publishing schedule. This is an excellent way to simplify content
curation and speed up social media growth. Most social
bookmarking sites will also allow companies and business leaders to
see which topics are most popular, most recent or attached to a
It’s also possible to search through bookmarks by searching for a
specific word or phrase. This means that you find particular content,
ideal for your brand and audience.
Social bookmarking sites allow social media managers to
specifically target the information they want to see, curate and share.
Instead of searching for a needle in a haystack on a search engine,
you get a more refined and relevant source of inspiration.
How to benefit from social
Social bookmarking sites make it easy to see what’s popular and
trending in a specific industry. For instance, if your company is in
the fashion space, you see what people are talking about in fashion
and show your audience how up-to-date you are by publishing
Social bookmarking sites also make it easier to expand brand reach
by earning backlinks through other relevant content and interacting
with potential collaborators or influencers.
BENEFITS INCLUDE :-
Ability to find relevant curated content that allows you to
build authority on social pages and your blog.
Access to high domain authority backlinks for your
website to boost your presence on the SERPs
Interactions with potential collaborators and influencers to
grow your online success.
Social tagging services such as Delicious, CiteUlike and PennTag
offer an alternative mechanism for resource discovery and browsing
of digital resources (e.g. Website, scholarly papers) through tags that
were added by users. The tags also serve as ways for users to
organize their information based on their own preference for future
retrieval. However there are conflicting opinions that social tagging
is too flexible and do not have enough control over the vocabulary
(Lu, Park and Hu, 2010). This is often criticized for imprecise and
ambiguously chosen keywords for tags when compared to
conventional classification scheme used by professional indexers
such as librarians or information specialist who manually categorize
the resources. But with the advent of Internet which has radically
increased the amount of information to the public, to continually
manually categorizing resources by professional indexer is not only
impractical but costly as well.
To add into that, in these recent years, many academic institutions
have taken the initiatives to develop digital repositories or also
known as digital libraries to preserve, publish and disseminate
scholar communications (e.g. Pre-print articles, thesis, dissertation
and etc.). In order to make these resources freely and widely visible
and available, many institutions opt to self-archiving their resources
through open access initiatives. In self-archiving, the document
producers or owners are responsible to deposit their resources and
create metadata to describe the documents. This is important mainly
for indexing and retrieval purposes. However, the keywords chosen
for the metadata elements are inconsistent because the document
producers/owners have little or no knowledge about indexing. As a
result, it makes the retrieval processes difficult.
The research presented in this paper investigates the use of
social tagging in a scholarly digital library environment
named Theses@UMalaya, which serves as an institutional
repository providing digital collection of thesis and
dissertation belonging to or related with University of
Malaya in Malaysia. Theses@Umalaya was developed using
Dspace, a free open source software developed by
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Hewlett-Packard
Laboratories in 2002. For the purpose of this study, social
tagging facility was added to Theses@Umalaya and made
available to users. This study is exploratory in nature with the
main purpose of examining how users participate in social
tagging activities in order to learn about their motivations,
behaviour and practices. A better understanding of users’
knowledge, habits and interactions.
Although users tag an item with the intention of their own
consumption, the result of the tagging produces collective
intelligence as it is shared in Internet community
(Anfinnsen, et al., 2011). Social tagging also allows
individuals who have similar interest to connect with each
other thus facilitating sharing of information. According to
Marlow et al. (2006), in addition to the collection of
information, the taggers develop social relationships
among themselves which in itself is a useful discovery.
The tags that are assigned to the online resources normally
appear in a tag cloud, the high frequency of tag assigned is
indicated by a bigger and darker font size.
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE AND METHODS
This study is exploratory in nature which starts with an investigation on the
use of social tagging application in a digital library as a means to improve
document organization and retrieval of scholarly materials. The specific
objectives of the study are:
To investigate the usage of social tagging application in educational setting
To investigate how the social tagging process is conducted by users
To examine how usable the social tagging application is to users via
Software Usability Measurement Inventory (Software Usability
To investigate whether the provided social tagging application allows users
to carry out the tagging process with less effort by examining the principles
of least effort.
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