[CSG Spring 2006] Jim Phelps on Social Software Folksonomies


Jim Phelps from Wisconsin is talking about the emergence of Web 2.0 and what the distinguishing features are. It’s a good primer on what’s going on in the Web 2.0 space for folks who might not be completely up to speed on it.

Putting stuff up to share, starting with friends and family, leading to the discovery of others who share the same interests, which leads to the formation of communities.

Folksonomies – a sense of content and context – the tags people have used to describe a resource. Jim shows Flickr and Technorati, YouTube, etc. Jim also shows Jon Udell’s infoworld explorer, and Udell’s delicious affinity app.

Jim notes that by using Udell’s affinity app to see which users have similar interests and what else they have bookmarked, one can easily accomplish the same kind of literature analysis that traditionally takes academics weeks in the library.

Jim shows Connotea, a social site oriented towards academic researchers, that I hadn’t seen before. He also shows CiteULike citation manager and tagger.

There’s lots of discussions about what the roles universities should play in this space, how responsible are we for what students and staff do in non-university hosted spaces, how hands-off can we be?

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