TagTree: Storing and Re-finding Files Using Tags

  • Karl Voit
  • Keith Andrews
  • Wolfgang Slany
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7058)


Although desktop search engines are now widely available on the computers of typical users, navigation through folder hierarchies is still the dominant mode of information access. Most users still prefer to store and search for their information within a strict hierarchy of folders.

This paper describes TagTree, a new concept for storing and retrieving files and folders using tagging and automatically maintained navigational hierarchies. TagTree is compatible with all currently prevalent software environments. A prototype implementation called tagstore provides a flexible framework for experimentation and a testbed for both usability studies and longer term field tests.

Preliminary test results show a very positive user acceptance rate of using TagTrees for storing and re-finding files.


Tags information re-finding information architecture folders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Voit
    • 1
  • Keith Andrews
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Slany
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Software Technology (IST)Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Information Systems and Computer Media (IICM)Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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