40,000 Books in 18 Months: A Crowdsourced Tagging Project

The Logos forums are a wonderful place. There’s always someone ready to answer your questions and help you get the most from your Bible study. Never has this been clearer than in light of the thread “Theology/Denomination Tags,” which has been home to a fascinating crowd-sourced tagging project for the last 18 months.

A forum user suggested that Logos ought to tag all 40,000 resources on Logos.com by denomination, so that people could know each book’s theological tradition at a glance. That sort of tagging represents a tremendous amount of work, and the poster was initially misunderstood by several in the forum community. But he persisted and clarified his vision. Another user pointed out that users already have the tools to create these tags themselves, and suggested that the community take on the project. Slowly, the two of them won over a number of Logos power-users and forum MVPs. Together, over the course of 250+ posts, they did it. Now you can benefit from their work—just join the “Logos Library Theology/Denomination Tags” group on Faithlife.com!

What did they create?

The team made collection rules for every major denomination and theological category they could think of—78, to be exact.

A collection rule is a set of criteria according to which Logos can search your library. For example, I have a custom collection rule for Lexham Press books—“Publisher:Lexham.” It creates a collection for all the Lexham Press books I own; when I buy new ones, they’re added automatically. I can then quickly search my Lexham collection, or even add it to custom guides.

The forum team created a rule like that for every theological group, from the pre-Reformation to the Reformation and everything in between. Many of these rules are very involved—the Puritans rule, for instance, contains 26 authors, one seminary, and one publishing house.

How can I get it?

When the group reached consensus last month, a forum user created an open Faithlife group around the project. You can join it right now, click the Documents tab, and add their work to your Logos library.


There are two major takeaways here:

First, the Logos forums host a very special digital community. If you’re not involved, you’re missing out. Join the conversation at Community.Logos.com.

Second, Faithlife.com is the glue that holds together the Logos ecosystem. It enables community and collaboration on a remarkable scale. Join the “Theology/Denomination Tags” group, and start benefiting today.

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Ray Deck III
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  • hmm. sounds interesting. What do i do after I make a local copy of the document. Could you use this to find all amillennial or post millennial resources?

  • Very impressive. I had no idea this was going on… I guess I should get involved in the forums! Kudos to Andrew for getting the ball rolling.

  • I don't think they've done theological positions like that as of yet, but its something that has come up a few times.

    Within Logos clicking on tools, and then collections will list the documents that you've copied to Logos.

    However they are most useful in conjunction with the search tools within L5, you can search across particular collections to gain insights into the positions of various traditions "from the horses mouth" so to speak.

  • Lynden Williams, I know I probably sound brain dead, but I copied the couple of the documents and restarted Logos. My collections haven't changed. Where did the document copy to? How do I get it into collections?

  • /all/ 40,000 books have not been tagged. How do I know? Because I still have ~350 books not collected in my library of ~7000 books. If that ratio scales there should still be some 2000 or so books still untagged out of the 40,000 in Logos library. Not too far off all things considered. But still not exactly precise.

  • Dan Giese I am not Lynden. But never the less you should be seeing them in your collection by this point. Syncing is what causes the documents to download into Logos, so you must be online, and then click the sync arrows at the right hand side of Logos 5.

Written by Ray Deck III