JCDL 2006: Opening Information Horizons
Metadata Tools for Digital Resource Repositories Workshop
June 15, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Faceted Navigation of User-Generated Metadata
- Bradley P. Allen,
Founder and CTO of Siderean Software, Inc.
- Bradley P. Allen is founder and CTO of Siderean Software, Inc., a leading provider of digital navigation solutions. Mr.
Allen began his career as a member of the research staff at Carnegie-Mellon's Robotics Institute. As a senior member of the technical team
at Inference Corporation he created CBR Express, one of the first case-based reasoning solutions for customer support. He was founder and
CTO at Limbex Corporation, where he created WebCompass, an Internet search assistant that won Best Of Show at COMDEX Fall '95. Mr. Allen
was also founder of TriVida Corporation, a Web site personalization application services provider, serving as CTO until TriVida's
acquisition by Be Free, Inc. in 2000. Mr. Allen earned a BS in applied mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1982.
Faceted navigation depends on metadata to organize and structure access to information. Traditionally, this metadata has come from
relational databases, content management repositories and/or labor-intensive processes for the manual generation of subject and asset
metadata by authors and/or specialists. However, applications are now appearing that instead involve end users in the generation of
metadata, either through the creation of folksonomies through end user tagging or through the accumulation of usage metadata based on end
user behavior. We discuss applications and work processes that blend these types of user-generated metadata with faceted navigation.