Social Bookmarking & A Personal and Professional Productivity Tool


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  • Thanks for a practical and informative presentation, and also for useful productive comments!
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  • Nice background (the image, look's like that nice plant we love :-)

    This public tool is good for some professional activities, not for all.

    We have to say it clearly and identify some cases where it is applyable and cases where it is not.

    In a common business professional context there are issues about security.

    Also, in a business professional context it is desireable to have some controled vocabulary to improve relevancy.

    There are some good ideas to integrate a folksonomy with a taxonomy on professional scenarios, well worth to take a look at

    Jorge Albuquerque
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  • Victor, thanks so much for the kind comments and suggestions of other resources. I had not yet discovered Clipmarks, and it is definitely interesting! I agree that has a bias toward the general audience, and Connotea is much more academic. I like both. I loaded all my bookmarks from a dozen different computers into, and must confess that I have almost 7,000 links in my collection. This is mostly old stuff, but about half of it is new within the past year. Obviously, I spend too much time online. It is a little scary sometimes, but I thank God for almost every day. It has made me enormously more productive!! -- Patricia
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  • this a really good presentation, I wonder what I can do to express my ideas in such a clear way. I have been using for a while( actually I have saved 400 links) and I know that this help you a lot because it narrow our search in internet, when we look in any search engine, the first results we see are the sponsored, followed by a list of thousands of them, with we find the results but based on what other people saw and were interested in. But you know, as this place is feeded by the users, sometime the results are not relevant. so how to save what I see in internet. what I do is this:
    for any general web portal that contain many type or a lot information about one topic I saved it in delicious, when I read scientific publication, I used connotea( it is awesome to save the articles in this manner and then can cited them and see what others are reading) and finally when I read something interesting but that is so generic I use clipmarks ( ) . In that way I always have the access to the right information in the right place, but what make this tools really powerful is the fact that we learn from others, what others read, what others save, after a while you can see the trends in the world. It is amazing to think that they use and apply the same concepts as pages like Hi5 and Myspace.
    Victor Castilla
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Social Bookmarking & A Personal and Professional Productivity Tool

  1. 1. Social Bookmarking & A Personal and Professional Productivity Tool Patricia F. Anderson <> Health Sciences Libraries University of Michigan February 22, 2007 © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
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  3. 3. Useful for … <ul><li>Folk who use multiple computers in various locations </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery of items similar to your selections </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting search strategies & information for bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Course-integrated instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing resources with peers, managers, students & others </li></ul><ul><li>Web site development </li></ul>
  4. 4. Content in <ul><li>Database built by general public, contains what others liked </li></ul><ul><li>Focused: better for popular topics and items </li></ul><ul><li>Currently tends to focus on items of interest to technophiles and young adults, but growing and diversifying </li></ul><ul><li>What you add changes the profile </li></ul>
  5. 5. Like … but for Scientists <ul><li>Connotea </li></ul><ul><li>CiteULike </li></ul>
  6. 6. Connotea
  7. 7. Connotea
  8. 8. CiteULike
  9. 9. Searching in <ul><li>Three options </li></ul>
  10. 10. Searching in <ul><li>Example: </li></ul>
  11. 11. Searching in <ul><li>Let’s try it. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Browsing Tags in <ul><li>Tags are freeform and self-selected </li></ul><ul><li>Check a variety of spellings, phrasings, capitalization, and punctuation for the same concept </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avian flu = avian.flu = avian_flu = avian-flu = avianflu = Avian.flu = Avian.Flu = “avian flu” = … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avian influenza </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bird flu = birdflu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bird influenza </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pandemic influenza </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pandemic flu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>H5N1 / h5n1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MORE: tamiflu, pandemic, flu, epidemic, influenza </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watch for popular terms </li></ul>
  13. 13. Browsing Tags in
  14. 14. Browsing Tags in
  15. 15. Browsing Tags in
  16. 16. Browsing Tags in <ul><li>DEMO </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Getting Started <ul><li>Create your account </li></ul><ul><li>Upload your bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Export bookmarks (“hotsync”) </li></ul><ul><li>Save links </li></ul><ul><li>Tag </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate </li></ul><ul><li>Settings </li></ul>
  18. 18. Create Your Account
  19. 19. Create Your Account <ul><li>Each account must be associated with a unique e-mail address (I think). </li></ul><ul><li>If creating an account to be shared across an office, consider creating an e-mail list to serve as the contact e-mail address. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Create Your Account <ul><li>Consider the purpose of the account when naming it; segregate home / personal and office collections. </li></ul><ul><li>If you will be collecting information that is private consider choosing a username that will not be associated with you personally. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Create Your Account <ul><li>Let’s do it! </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a fictional “name”? </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a non-UM e-mail address, consider using that as the contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a different password than your Kerberos password. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to open your e-mail in another window to activate the account. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Upload Bookmarks <ul><li>Easy : Select file, accept default options </li></ul><ul><li>Public or Private - your choice </li></ul>
  23. 23. Export Bookmarks <ul><li>Like hotsyncing your browser </li></ul>
  24. 24. How to Save a Link <ul><li>With the post button </li></ul><ul><li>With the browser buttons </li></ul><ul><li>Required elements: title / URL </li></ul><ul><li>Optional standard elements: tags / annotations </li></ul><ul><li>Extra optional element: Privacy checkbox </li></ul>
  25. 25. How to Save a Link <ul><li>With the post button (eg. PDFs) </li></ul>
  26. 26. How to Save a Link <ul><li>With the post button (eg. PDFs) </li></ul>
  27. 27. How to Save a Link <ul><li>With the browser buttons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TIP: Use the tab to fill in a tag with the highlighted tag, or click on the choice to save typing. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. How to Save a Link <ul><li>Extra optional element: Privacy checkbox </li></ul>
  29. 29. How to Tag <ul><li>Tagging rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Separate tags with a space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join words with punctuation (lower-case preferred) (some simply delete spaces between words) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use capitalization appropriately to improved readability or to distinguish between tags and bundles </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. How to Annotate <ul><li>Annotations: Personal vs. Communal </li></ul><ul><li>Citations </li></ul><ul><li>Quotations </li></ul><ul><li>Date Viewed </li></ul><ul><li>Size limits on what can be included </li></ul>
  31. 31. Tag & Annotate Examples
  32. 32. Tag & Annotate Examples
  33. 33. Tag & Annotate Examples
  34. 34. Editing Saved Links
  35. 35. Personalized Settings <ul><li>Privacy options </li></ul><ul><li>Tag Bundles </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul>
  36. 36. Personalized Settings: Privacy <ul><li>Private links (checkbox) </li></ul><ul><li>Private network (block someone who sends you inappropriate links) </li></ul>
  37. 37. Personalized Settings: Tag Bundles <ul><li>SAVE! </li></ul>
  38. 38. Who Saved What?
  39. 39. Personalized Settings: Networks
  40. 40. Using Networks for Discovery
  41. 41. Things To Do With <ul><li>Working with students </li></ul><ul><li> in class environments (Google jockeys) </li></ul><ul><li>Working with peers and administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Have an assistant gather information for you </li></ul>
  42. 42. vs. Ctools for URL Collections <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Available to public (+/-) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annotations and tags provide richer information than the Ctools Dropbox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to share/add/delete links than Ctools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students develop skills and collections for life after Michigan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feeds the public good </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ctools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can secure access to a select group (+/-) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrates with other course materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UM Institutional and community standard </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. Collect Links for Building Websites
  44. 44. Collect Information to Answer a Question <ul><li>Remember privacy issues: Does your collection reveal identity? </li></ul>
  45. 45. Collect Information and Strategies for Your Manager
  46. 46. Have an Assistant Collect Links for You
  47. 47. Create Information and Teaching Guides <ul><li>Library guides … </li></ul>
  48. 48. Linking to Complex Concepts <ul><li>Use the plus sign (+) to combine concepts </li></ul>
  49. 49. Example Library Guide <ul><li>Notice the annotations? </li></ul>
  50. 50. Saving Search Strategies <ul><li>Saving search strategies for a class (Google Jockey concept) … </li></ul>
  51. 51. Tagging Tips <ul><li>Too few terms can make retrieval difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Too many terms can also make retrieval difficult </li></ul>
  52. 52. Tagging Tips <ul><li>Include both broad and narrow terms </li></ul><ul><li>Design terms with repeated concepts to go from broad to narrow, general to specific. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Tagging Tips <ul><li>Use punctuation for spaces (lower case) </li></ul><ul><li>Think of unique concepts as two term combinations, rather than a new term. </li></ul><ul><li>Standardization helps, but requires maintenance. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Tagging Tips <ul><li>Tagging shortcuts: examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Items for a particular audience: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4doctors, 4kids, 4patients, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Items from frequently read journals or authors: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in:jada, in:nyt, in:chronicle, in:agd </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Items for people in your delicious network: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>for:dentlib, for:tmjchat </li></ul></ul></ul>
  55. 55. Saving Items Tagged for You
  56. 56. Saving Items Tagged for You
  57. 57. Tag Clouds
  58. 58. Tag Bundles
  59. 59. Questions? <ul><ul><li>Contact: Patricia Anderson at </li></ul></ul>
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