I'm tagging information related to discussion, examples, and comments about nonprofits using tagging (or not using tagging) to prep for upcoming session at netsquared.org with the tag del.icio.us/nptag.
A quick analysis of the types (create a visual with mindmanager - concentric circles? or something like this?)
What would this visual look like if it was translated into a graphic of nonprofit tagging use?
Individual - Personal Mastery (Senge)
Tagging for Self or Finding: Other term used at social architecture conference was "tagsturbation." Tagging "So I can find it later." Keeping found things found. (Joshua Schacter at Berkman Center lecture notes Oct. 2005) Susan Tenby's response to the question, "Why I use Tags" shows progression from retrieval, to social bookmarking, to sharing with others - on a personal level.
Tag Sniffing: The old term for this was intellectual butt sniffing, crude. But in the old days, it was when you met with a colleague you respect because of their knowledge in your field at their office or in their home, and you checked out their bookshelf. Or you head someone speak at a panel at a conference, and you ask for the three best books or articles to read. What I am talking about here is if I know someone in my field whose knowledge I respect and they use tagging, I might subscribe to their tag stream or check out what they've bookmarked on a particular topic.
Tag Mentoring: The flip side -- the intentional use of tagging to share what you know with another person or persons informally. The trainer sharing with students, the consultant sharing with clients, beyond face interaction. Throwing seeds out? Metaphor? Is this how Npower Michigan is using delicious? (Note from Andy - 3 people on his team are starting to use it because they got sick of getting emails w/url or resource links. Plan to use eventually to share resources with clients that aren't on the official web site.)
Internal Organizational Collaboration/Resource Sharing- within the walls of one organization that different offices locations and/or distributed staff or volunteers in terms of time or location. (The ctc I worked with and started to write about in this place -- (going from bookmarking to social bookmarking stories) scan netsquared case studies for others) Like having access to my coleagues bookmark or rolodex with having to call them and interupt them. Not having to start from scratch on a presentation, report, or resouce referral. (Emily's post)
Beyond Organizational Borders/Collaboration/Resource Sharing: This might be an existing group of people who know each other face-to-face, are distributed, and need to share resources on a topic or be able to find the good stuff in one place. Marc Sirkin and the lls tag. See also Marc's post w/more reflections.
Community of Practice: The people might already know each other and be collaborating on a topic of professional interest in other ways and have added the use of tagging to their tool box. (Ask Joistke if this relates to her comment on my post. Relates to Nancy's work on communitytools and her thinking here. Also, CPSquared action learning exercise on using tagging -- round up here.
A tag community. "A loosely coupled community." This is an aggregation of the above ... A community that forms because they are interested in the topic of the tag and have discovered/follow the tag stream and/or contribute to it. The class story is the nptech community and Never Again. Also, tagging mashed with search - for example, healthcare information in Google by Enoch Choi.
All of the above is about challenge of making change (see Senge sidebar in this article)
Posts/Discussions on the topic:
Jilliane's Post - Tagging for Nonprofits: Reflections on learning to tag and nonprofit capacity to adopt this new technology.
Marnie's posts on tagging - includes some live blogs from tag camp for good context -synthesis of technical/business side as well as her evolving thinking on nonprofits tag use.