Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Explaining tagging

I'm preparing a presentation advocating the creation, for a particular group, of a an area we've taken to calling the commons (you can see ConsultantCommons.org for one view into what I'm talking about). Anyway, I've been trying to figure out how to explain tagging to a group of non-technical users. People who are interested in the outcome and impact on their efforts, not in the gee whiz aspects. Here's what I've settled on:

Tagging is a way to view information across silos. Users, web sites, categorization schemes and formal taxonomies all provide ways to dig deeper into information but they are not, necessarily, good at presenting the cross-view. Tagging provides a way to do that.

What do you think?

(in: tagging, nptech)