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Trove public tags

Harvested: 6 July 2022

This dataset contains details of 2,201,090 unique public tags added to 9,370,614 resources in Trove between August 2008 and July 2022. It is saved as a CSV file with the following columns:

Column Contents
tag lower-cased text tag
date date the tag was added
zone API zone containing the tagged resource
record_id the identifier of the tagged resource

Using the zone and record_id you can find more information about a tagged item. To create urls to the resources in Trove:

  • for resources in the 'book', 'article', 'picture', 'music', 'map', and 'collection' zones add the record_id to
  • for resources in the 'newspaper' and 'gazette' zones add the record_id to
  • for resources in the 'list' zone add the record_id to


  • Works (such as books) in Trove can have tags attached at either work or version level. This dataset aggregates all tags at the work level, removing any duplicates.
  • A single resource in Trove can appear in multiple zones – for example, a book that includes maps and illustrations might appear in the 'book', 'picture', and 'map' zones. This means that some of the tags will essentially be duplicates – harvested from different zones, but relating to the same resource. Depending on your needs, you might want to remove these duplicates.
  • While most of the tags were added by Trove users, more than 500,000 tags were added by Trove itself in November 2009. I think these tags were automatically generated from related Wikipedia pages. Depending on your needs, you might want to exclude these by limiting the date range or zones.
  • User content added to Trove, including tags, is available for reuse under a CC-BY-NC licence.

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Cite as

Sherratt, Tim. (2022). Public tags added to resources in Trove, 2008 to 2022 (version v1.1). Zenodo.