An unusual take on taxonomies from facilitation blogger Mark Fulop a couple of weeks ago. Mark comes at the topic from the perspective of helping a community build knowledge together: “If a facilitator understands the concept of taxonomies s/he can harness both the power of structure and community organization in creating framework for organization of knowledge.” (Mark thinks that the “top down” structured approach is the opposite of the “bottom up” folksonomy approach while I think in practice they work together, but this is a side issue).
Mark goes on to suggest three applications of taxonomy work to facilitating community, from most obvious to least obvious:
- managing shared documents
- helping to map common ground
- (most interestingly) depoliticising language
Read the whole piece to appreciate.
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