Week 6: Tagging & Technorati

Tagging is an open and informal method of categorising data that allows users to associate keywords with online content (webpages, pictures & posts).

Unlike library subject cataloging which follows a strict set of guidelines, tagging is completely unstructured and free form, allowing users to create connections between data anyway they want.
In the past few weeks, we’ve already explored a few sites – Flickr and LibraryThing to name two --that allow users to take advantage of tagging and in week 4 many even used a common tag LNSS project) to create an association between your photos that were individually uploaded.

This week we would like you to have a look at the popular bookmarking site Del.icio.us. This is a social bookmarking manager which allows you to bookmark a web page and add tags to categorise your bookmarks.

Please see online video to explain Del.icio.us
(a youtube video created by Common Craft)

Many users find that the real power of Del.icio.us is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other websites that may be of interest to you. You can think of it as peering into another users’ filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each user's filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network.

For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a look at Del.icio.us and learn about this popular bookmarking tool.

Discovery Resources:
A beginners guide to Del.icio.us

Discovery Exercise:
1.View the 8 minute Del.icio.us tutorial to get a good overview of its features.
2.Take a look around Del.icio.us using the LNSS account that was created for this exercise.

Note: In this account you will find lots of resources that have been highlighted or used throughout the course of the Learning 2.0 program.

3.Explore the site options and try clicking on a bookmark that has also been bookmarked by a lot of other users.
Can you see the comments they added about this bookmark or the tags that they used to categorize this reference?

4.Create a blog post about your experience and thoughts about this tool. Can you see the potential of this tool for research assistance? Or just as an easy way to create bookmarks that can be accessed from anywhere?

If you’re up to the challenge, create a Del.icio.us account for yourself and discover how this useful bookmarking tool can replace your traditional browser bookmark list.
If you do setup a Del.icio.us account, here’s a quick word about the Del.icio.us Buttons.
On PCs that have the toolbars locked down, these will install as options in your browser bookmarks. Use the “Post to my Del.icio.us” link to add the current webpage to your account (you may need to log in). Use the “My Del.icio.us” link to view your online account.

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