I gave a talk at the Common Solutions Group meeting on Social Software, Web2.0 and Folksonomies a couple of weeks ago. What followed was a very interesting discussion about the implications, possibilities and difficulties in dealing with social software in an academic (or enterprise setting).
A graduate student at Stanford – Mike Tung – put together a suite of scripts and tools to generate College rankings based on Google searches. He didn’t want to pay for the USNews’ Annual America’s Best Colleges report. Though his work is quite technical, I imagine that it will be simplified into a web app that any student can use at any point in time. “What are the College rankings now?” click…
Here is the long list of links I use when I give my Folksonomy and Web2.0 talk…
There are three sections:
* Tagging and Multiple Tag browsing
* Folksonomy and Social Discovery
* Cool Apps, REST and RSS
I have been talking about the impact of “Web 2.0”, social software and folksonomies in regards to their possible impact on enterprise knowledge management.
* The Web 2.0 movement is about empowering people to publish their own content quickly and easily with a minimum of knowledge. Flickr, Youtube, del.icio.us, Blogger et al allow people to publish content with little knowledge of apache servers, domain name registrations and the rest of the system admin knowledge usually needed to run a web site.
* Social software (which Clay Shirky put as, “the stuff that gets spammed”) allows people share their content with others, to learn who is interested in their content and to learn who has interesting content. It is the “who” part that is of interest. Social software enables the discovery of people of interest similar to how Google enables the discovery of content of interest.
* Folksonomies enable the loose classification of content. This classification is done by people and is not a rigid hierarchical taxonomy but a loose metadata based classification scheme. This classification scheme is great for informal content such as blog entries or URLs and content that may be interpreted differently by different social groups.
My Presentation can be downloaded from the Internet2 Fall Member Meeting site as a PDF .
My opening comments are included in my PDF.
George Brett’s opening comments:
1. The recent Wizards Meeting used wiki’s for real-time posting of notes and documents. This was a shift from the usual – mailing list and weekly phone call.
1. Ineternet2 has many communities of interest. Those communities can aggregate to form larger communities. You can imagine a vin diagram of nested and overlapping circles that represents these groups.
1. He will be listening to see what these people think about these topics and to look for direction for Internet2’s collaboration and communication.
JPR’s Demo of MyVOCS.
Discussion Portion of the Meeting
The other day I was wonder about what it means to be away from my desk these days. Voice mail greetings all over the world say, “I’m away from my desk right now…”. This used to mean that I was unavailable for contact, communication and collaboration. Now it means, “you can’t stop by my office to chat with me”.
Clay Shirky was interviewed on “On The Media” on the July 8, 2005 show. Clay discusses the history of the Wikipedia, vandalism of wikis and the ability of the Wikipedia to act as a quick response news source. They discuss the Tsunami and London bomb blast pages as examples.
>”Whenever there is a really major disaster but no immediate news, the people on cable are often vamping because they have to keep repeating the basic story on the chance that someone has just tuned in even in the absence of any new information. Wikipedia solves that problem while, at the same time, having a symbiotic relationship with those news outlets because it points people to the written form of stories”
To me, this has the same implications for enterprise communication and collaboration (and virtual organization comm and coll). Instead of repeating the same information in meetings, a wiki can gather the decisions, details, facts and pointers about a topic easily.
>TagCloud is an automated Folksonomy tool. Essentially, TagCloud searches any number of RSS feed you specify…
I keep running into the term “Automated Folksonomy tool”. To me, this is like “Fresh Frozen” or “Hand Made by a Robot”. The point of a “Folksonomy” is that there are people – real live human flesh and blood – adding terms which provide social value and content evaluation. Folksonomies aren’t about extracting metadata. Folksonomies are about people, who have similar social knowledge, judging content and adding metadata based on their personal assessment. The term “cool” or “gnarly” or “awesome hack” have social value that is not extractable by a bot crawling RSS feeds. If my friends in my social circle tag something as “cool” or “awesome” then I will want to look at that object. It is their judgement that I value and the tag is a way for them to share their judgement with others.
TagCloud may be “cool” or an “awesome hack” but please spare me on the automated folksonomy stuff. Automated Folksonomy is a pile of Fresh Frozen Hand Made by a Robot stuff.
> This weekend Technorati tracked its 10 Millionth Blog. It is a chinese blog, on mblogger.cn, and it appears to be a blog talking about glassblowing, with some really cool pictures. Unfortunately I don’t read Chinese so I can’t tell…
Just in case you thought blogging was going away soon, Technorati is now tracking 10 Millionth blog. Social Software is off and running folks.