From Museums and the Web, via NEWSgrist
Here's a fascinating, and slightly amusing story about museums' efforts to engage the public to annotate their collections via social tagging. NEWSgrist posts extensive excerpts of the full article from the New York Times, One Picture, 1,000 Tags. This is my favorite snippet:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ran a test in fall 2005 in which volunteers supplied keywords for 30 images of paintings, sculpture and other artwork. The tags were compared with the museum's curatorial catalog, and more than 80 percent of the terms were not in the museum's documentation. Joachim Friess's ornate sculpture "Diana and the Stag," for example, was tagged with the expected "antler," "archery" and "huntress." But it was also tagged "precious" and "luxury."