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Visual Representation : Taxonomy and IA

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Patrick Lambe at Green Chameleon pointed out  an excellent post by James Kelway (IA collaboration – two heads can be better) about a project where the information architecture and the taxonomy were built collaboratively by an information architect and a taxonomist working together. The whole process is broken down in 5 phases – Research, Concept, Design, Build and Test.

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April 8th, 2008 at 7:07 am

Everything is Miscellaneous

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I know I am very late on this, but I just finished reading the book and so fascinated that I can’t miss the opportunity to mention it here.

Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger

If you fancy a ride, going beyond  hundred years old concept of categorization, putting things into boxes – folders or metadata, beyond taxonomy and stepping into the world where no attribute of a ‘thing’ and whoever defines that get left behind, you will love this book.

Apart from the well reasoned argument for folksonomy and tagging, another point that enthralled me in the book, is the very concept of metadata itself. When we step outside the preconceived definition of metadata, where it is separate from the data itself, and look at it under a different light – ‘whatever we search  the data with’ (it might be the fragment of the data itself), a whole different world of possibilities opens up. A must read.

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Video : David Weinberger’s talk at Google on Everything is Miscellaneous


Human beings are information omnivores: we are constantly collecting, labeling, and organizing data. But today, the shift from the physical to the digital is mixing, burning, and ripping our lives apart. In the past, everything had its one place–the physical world demanded it–but now everything has its places: multiple categories, multiple shelves. Simply put, everything is suddenly miscellaneous.

In Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger charts the new principles of digital order that are remaking business, education, politics, science, and culture. In his rollicking tour of the rise of the miscellaneous, he examines why the Dewey decimal system is stretched to the breaking point, how Rand McNally decides what information not to include in a physical map (and why Google Earth is winning that battle), how Staples stores emulate online shopping to increase sales, why your children’s teachers will stop having them memorize facts, and how the shift to digital music stands as the model for the future in virtually every industry. Finally, he shows how by "going miscellaneous," anyone can reap rewards from the deluge of information in modern work and life.

From A to Z, Everything Is Miscellaneous will completely reshape the way you think–and what you know–about the world.

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January 11th, 2008 at 5:46 am

Information R/evolution

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If you believe in the power of tagging (more than category and folders), if you loved David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous you will love this video too.

This video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.

Think about our education pattern – from very beginning we start to categorize ‘objects’ into different boxes. We focus on the ‘box’ rather than a pattern matching and relationship of the objects. In KM Asia (2005) Dave Snowden illustrated this point by asking the audience to do a simple ‘odd man out’ from ‘Cow, Chicken and Grass’. Most of the audience took out grass from the list, because that is the only vegetable in the list. This is categorization, putting things into boxes – folders or metadata, whatever you call it. Now if we look from another perspective – Cow eats Grass, so Chicken is the odd man out – that’s pattern matching – tagging – where I have the flexibility to define the perspective itself.

Problems with folders and metadata – that’s a closed system, somebody else define the taxonomy. Theory of entropy proves itself when the closed system of folders and metadata goes into a complete chaotic mode.

Found via : Luis

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October 19th, 2007 at 8:05 am

iKMS : Ross Dawson and Maish Nichani on Web 2.0 and KM

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Ross Dawson and Maish Nichani on Web 2.0 and KM at iKMS.

Interesting discussion, anecdotes and examples of Web 2.0 in Enterprise, Ross Dawson and Maish Nichani speak about the sweeping changes that the read-write web is introducing, and how this is beginning to affect the enterprise.

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October 1st, 2007 at 8:39 am

How to Uninstall Knowledge Management

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Surreal, hilarious and sad at the same time.  Uninstall Knowledge Management, a guide by Dr David Vaine.

Via Patrick Lambe

Also must see : Flogging or Explaining Knowledge Management #4 Corporate Blogging


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September 10th, 2007 at 8:35 am