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Social Software and Academia – Conflicted views

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).

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Google School Rankings

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…

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Social Mining – Web 2.0 and Folksonomies

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.

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I2FMM Collaboration Tools Presentation 2005

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

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Away from my desk – what does that mean anymore

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”.

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