Automatic Bookmark Classification - A Collaborative Approach

, , und . Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop in Innovations in Web Infrastructure (IWI2) at WWW2006, Edinburgh, Scotland, (Mai 2006)isbn = 085432853X.


Bookmarks (or Favorites, Hotlists) are a popular strategy to relocate interesting websites on the WWW by creating a personalized local URL repository. Most current browsers offer a facility to store and manage bookmarks in a hierarchy of folders; though, with growing size, users reportedly have trouble to create and maintain a stable taxonomy. This paper presents a novel collaborative approach to ease bookmark management, especially the “classification�? of new bookmarks into a folder. We propose a methodology to realize the collaborative classification idea of considering how similar users have classified a bookmark. A combination of nearest-neighbour-classifiers is used to derive a recommendation from similar users on where to store a new bookmark. Additionally, a procedure to generate keyword recommendations is proposed to ease the annotation of new bookmarks. A prototype system called CariBo has been implemented as a plugin of the central bookmark server software SiteBar. A case study conducted with real user data supports the validity of the approach.

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