Enterprise Collaborative Bookmarking

I wrote this article at the end of last year for Online Currents. If you are aware of any other products or case studies than those mentioned then please leave a comment below or drop me an email. Many thanks to Sanjeev Sisodiya, Dheeraj Chowdhury & Meredith Hannon for their help.

Games of tag: The rise and disappearance of enterprise collaborative bookmarking

Social bookmarking sites such as delicious have arisen on the internet. Enterprises have been experimenting with open source and commercial versions of such tools within – and sometimes across – their firewalls. This article begins with an overview of social bookmarking and folksonomies. It then explores 2 case studies (MITRE Corporation in the US and DET NSW here in Australia) and 2 vendor offerings (Connectbeam and IBM Lotus Connections). It ends with some conclusions on the future of enterprise collaborative bookmarking and some advice for those wishing to engage in it.

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6 Responses to Enterprise Collaborative Bookmarking

  1. Baoman says:

    Useful information on how to set-up social bookmarking and tagging. At the ICKM 2009 in Hong this past December I heard a good paper from Kwan Yi, U of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, “A study of evaluating the value of social tags as indexing terms.” He compared social tags to Library of Congress Catalogue index terms and found a high % match between the two. He was looking at Delicious, Youtube, etc. I thought this was very interesting because so much of the time I’ve heard from people in organizations that they cannot use controlled vocabularies for bookmarking and tagging. Folksonomies are a good source of terms for formal taxonomies and thesaurus in organizations. I’m not convinced the folksonomy can replace them.

  2. innotecture says:

    Cheers for the comment and also the paper suggestion, Bill. I see folksonomies & taxonomies as complementary rather than competing.

  3. As the project coordinator of the Focuss.Info Initiative, I think you would be interested in this:

    The Focuss.Info Initiative (www.focuss.info) aims to promote new information and communication (ICT) skills among peers in the domain of global development research and cooperation. Through this objective the Initiative improves access to information, a fundamental human right that strengthens democracy, and supports human rights. This objective also correspondents to the work of UNESCO, which helps to develop effective ‘infostructures’, including developing information standards, management tools and fostering access at the community level.
    As a result, Focuss.Info supports the work of workshop facilitators from Africa, Asia or South-America both financially – by giving out awards – and intellectually – by providing the workshop facilitators with direct access to support via the project coordinator and the visitors on http://www.focuss.info. After giving out an award, the workshop facilitators will execute local workshops for scholars and professional in global development cooperation studies and research in the use of information sharing and collaboration tools.

    There are only two requirements the workshop facilitator needs to comply to. Firstly, he or she needs to emphasize on social bookmarking with regards to information sharing and collaboration. This is a requirement, because the free available search engine incorporated in the website of the Initiative, is only harvesting and indexing the websites that have been selected as value and stored in social bookmarking accounts (such as Delicious.com) by peers in global development cooperation.

    Secondly, the workshop facilitator need to maintain a dairy of the workshop on a weblog located on the website of Focuss.Info. Every workshop facilitator will have his or her own space on Focuss.Info. Through this, the workshop facilitator can get more information from the readers and connect with workshop participants before and after the workshop, but it also gives the workshop facilitators a platform to show how they persuade a local community to use social bookmarking.

    The value that we get out of this Initiative, is that an increasing number of peers in global development studies are starting to embrace social bookmarking as a tool to organize their favorite electronic resources and -indirectly- they are sharing their favorite electronic resources with everybody who is interested in these resources, because it is saved on the Internet. This is where Focuss.Info gets its content for the search engine. Focuss.Info is also a valuable tool, because it gives an overview of different ways to persuade people to use the latest information sharing and collaboration tools and technologies from local communities in Africa, Asia and South-America

  4. innotecture says:

    Thanks Richard – I will investigate further!

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