I spent this past week testing a taxonomy as part of a digital asset management project we are currently working on.One of the test scenarios involved giving art taggers a series of images and asking them to code them using the taxonomy we had developed.
Taggers see taxonomy as a blessing and a curse.On the one hand controlled vocabularies are a tagger’s dream;a nice list of consistent terms that alleviate the problems of free-tagging (e.g.five variations on the same term, plural vs. singular, spelling mistakes, etc.) However, these same vocabularies quickly become a tagger’s nightmare when they perceive the values to overlap or be ambiguous –especially if you are used to only being able to select one value from the list.
Have a look at the following image
How would you describe it?