Week 4: Social bookmarking & tagging

Social bookmarking & tagging

In the course of your research, you’ll find many resources of interest. Some will be relevant to your research topic and assignments, some will not. How do you keep track of resources that you might want to refer to again? If you rely on links provided by your lecturers within Blackboard, you might be able to find them during the module, but what about afterwards… next year, in final year? If you mark them as Favourites, then you’re saving the link yourself, but your list of favourites might prove unmanageable after a few dozen are saved. This is where social bookmarks come in.

Social bookmarking is simply a way for users to “organize, store, manage and search for  bookmarks of resources online” (Wikipedia). The key to social bookmarks is tagging. A tag is a keyword or metadata assigned to an object to describe it and enable it to be found easily again. In the case of online resources such as websites, articles, videos, etc., social bookmarking tools like Delicious, Diigo and Evernote enable users to tag items of interest and share them with others. The “social” element of bookmarking facilitates the sharing of bookmarks and amplifies their utility.

In class this week we watched four short videos and discussed how we might tag each of them. Would you bookmark any of these? How would you tag them? Before class next week, set up a social bookmarking account for yourself, if you don’t have one already. Tag and bookmark some of the resources you have found while researching your topic for this module.

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