What is Tagging?


Tagging, the practice of attaching a descriptive word or phrase to a piece of online content for the purpose of linking it to other related content, has become a mainstream activity in the past year. Tagging is now being used in very creative and functional ways by people in all kinds of communities, scholarly and otherwise, and even allows allow researchers to dynamically create coding and classification schema that reflect the collective wisdom of their community.. Nearly every website designed for sharing media — whether audio, video, images or other media — includes a field for the author to tag the media at the time of upload. Most all of these sites also allow viewers to add their own tags. Social bookmarking sites allow users to tag — and in some cases, highlight and annotate — web pages for easy retrieval later. The power of community tagging is that large collections can be built easily by leveraging the collective efforts of the community. In the hands of students, it can also be a powerful way to develop information and knowledge management skills.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Effective tagging is vital if we are to maximise usefulness across large institutions. By agreeing on institution-level tags for Faculty, Unit, Project, Discipline etc as well as course, team and personal tags we'll increase collaboration and cross-fertilization of work undertaken. Without some level of 'agreed tags' we can end up like ships in the night - on the same course but unaware of others we should be connecting with. Diigo groups go some way to offering recommended/shared tags but otherwise it seems reliant on internal communication and documentation, and then people committed to this collaborative approach. At present activity seems to be occurring via channels and groups (YouTube, Diigo etc) rather than by tagging alone - robyn.jay robyn.jay Aug 30, 2010
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

Diigo groups - http://groups.diigo.com/group/swsi-participate-in-elearning - robyn.jay robyn.jay Aug 30, 2010

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