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Saturday, July 01, 2006


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There seems to be some agreements that personal tagging has two limitations


1) the nature of software, and the ease and availability of highly functional and flexible tagging software (at low or no cost). (encumbrance)


2) the personal skill that an individual or community might have. (skill set and orientation)


Both of these limitations are very different in nature and yet both have to be resolved in order that an individual or a community achieves a type of resilient access to information spaces.


On general issues and history of taxonomy, ontology and topic maps see a recent teleconference paper I delivered:


information structure


Discussion about any of the historical / theoretical issues is welcomed.




Regarding #1. Encumbrance


Software is currently designed, in large measure, to sell software or other products and thus the use of software is firmly coupled to its functioning as a source of income for software developers. This nature has consequences - particularly in high value tasks like managing individual access to huge and disorganized information and transaction spaces.


The problem is larger here that mere software, as recent Congressional hearing on contracting related to the Katrina recovery is helping to reveal. The contracting process itself seems deeply flawed in ways that are being fixed (or worked on) in preparation for the next disaster.



Regarding #2. Skill set and orientation


A community of scientists, say biologists, will have different information search characteristics that a community of entrepreneurs working on marketing new types of soda pop. There is a type of "Bloom's taxonomy" that measures these differences.


At present most "successful" tagging activities is related to entrepreneurial needs to market. The glass ceiling starts when these activities as assumed to be representative of all forms of information seeking. (i.e., "everything is a business process".)



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