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A graduate student from McGill contacted me recently to ask about my blogging practice with a focus on how I use categories within my blog. If you are curious too, this is my answer, edited for the blog format.
Jon Husband has posted a Dave Snowden Podcast ... The Impact of Web 2.0 on Knowledge Work and "Knowledge Management". If you are interested in knowledge management and are looking to what is new in KM, have a listen.
The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology has a special section on Folksonomies in the October / November 2007 issue.
The Tag, You're It panel discussion from SXSW Interactive has some good information on tagging. There are four panelists, including Thomas Vander Wal.
Will the search engines highligh pages that have been tagged with a term that doesn't otherwise appear on the page?
Patrick Lambe has a great piece, A Brief History of Arrangement, that describes the fields of taxonomy, classification, and categorization, and the art of arrangement were quite similar and how they diverged.
My third blogiversary came and went last week without my noticing. In celebration, I'd like to offer something back to my readers in the form of a contest.
Michael Fitzgerald's recent editorial on tagging focuses primarily on the tools people have been using on the web and how companies are beginning to pick up on the tagging phenomenon. I'd really like to have a tool of my very own to use.
Drs. Fernette and Brock Eide's Neurolearning Blog give us some insight into blogging in "Blogs as Our Brains: Can We Escape Chaos?" They touch on a couple aspects of blogging and cognition that make things chaotic: tagging, learning preferences, and even organizational skills.
Rashmi Sinha has another nice piece on tagging, "A social analysis of tagging." I like the way Rashmi talks about the blurry line between the individual act of tagging and the social use of those tags.
The RSS Blog points to a new way to peruse your Flickr images with photoblogger. It is very much geared toward finding pictures, rather than browsing in the standard Flickr mode.
Harold Jarche asks "Is metadata dead?" Not really, but it certainly could work better.
Joy London reminds us that To Classify is Human with a piece on taxonomies in law firms. It's not folksonomy vs taxonomy, it's both.
Thanks to far too much time on my hands, I have now hand-coded a tag cloud for this blog.
Rashmi Sinha put together "A cognitive analysis of tagging (or how the lower cognitive cost of tagging makes it popular)" that I found to be illuminating. The short version: tagging is a simpler process because it lets us annotate something with all the concepts that it fires in our brains. Categorization forces us to pick one of those concepts.
Interesting articles from Clay Shirky and David Weinberger on categorization and tagging. The articles have been out for a couple months, but it's useful to look at them in light of hearing the ideas bantered around.
Has anyone come up with a tagging tool for personal use? I'd love, for example, to be able to quickly retrieve all my photos with my wife in them, regardless of date or location.
A tool for visualizing links from the social bookmarking service, del.icio.us.
David Weinberger, writing from the TTI-Vanguard conference last week, quotes Ian Black of Autonomy as saying, "Metadata is for the birds." I'm starting to see how this comes about.
scale|free and many others have suggested "Technorati tags = metacrap" by drawing a connection to the previous META tag on web pages. I think tags work differently and will provide value, even if they get "spammed."

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