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?

  • Tagging is a low-cost way for students to "get their feet wet" in online communities. They can indicate interest, build collections, and share resources without needing to commit too much of themselves to an online presence right away. - ninmah ninmah Feb 8, 2010
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • You are what you tag. It is becoming a part of your online identity. It is also makes it easy to find and create niches of people who are into what you are interested in via tags. Tools like Diigo, De.licious, hashtags, Twubs make it easier for people with similar interests to find one another- tammy.stephens tammy.stephens Feb 5, 2010
  • Systems for tagging used to be done for us (dewey decimal system etc.) now the user decides how to tag content in ways that are meaningful to them. - tammy.stephens tammy.stephens Feb 5, 2010 - ninmah ninmah Feb 8, 2010
  • Hashtags allow new forms of communication to occur. Conscious stream of consciousness, collective intelligence around an event- tammy.stephens tammy.stephens Feb 5, 2010
  • Tagging allows for an application to track the interests of the user, and hence can provide for a more efficient experience - emerging web 3.0 tools. - horncheah horncheah Feb 6, 2010

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

  • Can be useful for teacher training - eg. tagging videos use to demonstrate good/bad teaching practices can provide in depth analysis for the beginning teacher. - horncheah horncheah Feb 6, 2010
  • Similiar video tagging can also be used for discussing a wide range of topics, eg. analysing a speech, geological/geographical discussions etc. - horncheah horncheah Feb 6, 2010
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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