Tags, folksonomies and file structures

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I’ve been responsible for spec’ing the recently released Community of Practice (CoP) platform for IDeA, which is being made available to all local authorities in the UK public sector. I kept functionality to a bare minimum in the interests of getting the site launched – hence bells & whistles are few and far between. However, I’m currently getting these (bells & whistles) spec’d now, but having great difficulty in convincing managers at IDeA of the merits of using community tags for creation of ‘folksonomies‘, as opposed to using a rigid file plan for places like the document library. I’m familiar with self-tagging content I produce, and finding key information using ‘tag clouds’, but I still seem to be in a minority – primarily limited to those familiar with social networking tools. Tradition dictates that there MUST be a file plan – it would appear! Then I came across David Cameron’s blog – if he can see the merits of tag clouds then I’m hoping I can convince my colleagues in IDeA (and ultimately the 2 million or so other staff working in local government) that this is the future! I didn’t coin the name ‘Dissident’ by accident!

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Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
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