Do you know what social bookmarking is? What about folksonomies?
Download this EDUCAUSE pdf on social bookmarking, one in the “7 things you should know about…” series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.
Maybe you know about del.icio.us, the site for tagging and collecting bookmarks. You can use such sites to manage your bookmarks and to see how many others have bookmarked and tagged the same site links with keywords. Keyword tags allow you to expand your search to all other sites that have been tagged. It’s another version of the keyword search in library databases, but there is a proviso that all these tagged sites are “done by amateurs.” That’s where a folksonomy replaces a taxonomy–another flat world instance of “power to the people,” I guess.
- Is this how your students are searching–even when they’re in the library? Are their accumulated lists expressing a personal or cultural or political perspective?
- Is this how your professor is searching? Are their accumulated lists expressing a personal or cultural or political perspective?
Hmmm. Is this the information cataloging system of the future or the end of libraries?