Folksonomy lecture – Thomas Vander Wal

Cross-posted from TNN…
Thomas Vanderwal

Folksonomy: A look at hated word but loved resource

A lecture by Thomas Vander Wal at De Montfort University, 2-3:30PM, Sepember 18, 2007.
Folksonomy was recently voted one of the new terms most likely to make you "wince, shudder or want to bang your head on the keyboard." The inventor of the term – Thomas Vander Wal – will give a talk that will offer you a chance to make your own judgment. Thomas will present an overview of the concept in a lecture followed by a question-and-answer session.
The talk will require no specialist knowledge on behalf of the audience. If you are involved in academia, business or the creative industries and would like to understand more about this new technique then come along to find out more.
If you would like to reserve a place at this lecture please email me (Bruce Mason) at There is no cost to attend and places are expected to be at a premium so reservations will be handled on a first-come basis.
Thomas Vander Wal is a popular speaker on tagging/folksonomy, social web, and web applications around well structured information. He is often recognized as the person who coined the term "folksonomy" in 2004, as well as some of his other terms: Personal InfoCloud, Local InfoCloud, Come to Me Web and digital model of attraction. Thomas is principal, and senior consultant at InfoCloud Solutions, a social web consulting firm. Thomas has been working professionally on the web since 1995 (with professional IT background beginning in 1988) and has breadth and depth across many roles and disciplines around web design, social web development & research and general web development. He is a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee and helped found the Information Architecture Institute and Boxes & Arrows web magazine. See his web site to find out more:
The lecture is being held in conjunction with Project TNN's Folksonomy Seminar. Project TNN is hosted at De Montfort University by the Institute of Creative Technologies. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanties Research Council for 12 months until September 30th, 2007.