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Just opinion but I have done document management for a while A category is more of a classification like animal, vegetable, mineral. There is a right right answer to classification. A tag is looser and it may change over time. For example Urgent. But is is a structured list (enumeration). But an admin would control the possible tag values. To me ...


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Terms Controlled vocabulary means that within the system some predefined terms are used for organisation - users cannot add their own terms. Controlled vocabulary within Information Architecture is subdivided into: Taxonomies (typically hierarchical structures). Faceted classification. Thesauri. If tags are predefined by the system and users can't ...


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If you are creating the categories use predefined options. This will alleviate the creation of duplicates caused by spelling errors, errors in capitalization or similar terms that can be introduced by allowing your audience to tag your content. However by defining set categories you miss out on the value of tagging. Allowing your customer to define your ...


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There are different kinds of visualisations depending on your need (particular case). Also is very important if those tags play a "functional role" in your flow, if they have actions, filters or more related details, then you should consider keeping them visible & ordered in a simple manner. Here are some examples: You should also consider aligning the ...


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I suggest keeping meta data on the type of each tag (i.e. social/primary) and source (i.e. Twitter/Facebook/etc...). This would allow you to weight the value of each tag later and make more informed programmatic searches or analysis.



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