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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

Written by anol

October 19th, 2007 at 8:05 am

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