Folksonomies and Mashups?

scream.gif  Here is an article that makes me want to go off the grid and live in a log cabin, with only a canoe and a bicycle for transportation. (But I have printed it and will dutifully read it.) The article was published recently in  the Health Information and Libraries Journal [subscription required]:

Kamel Boulos MN, Wheeler S. The emerging Web 2.0 social software: an enabling suite of sociable technologies in health and health care education. Health Info Libr J 2007; 24(1):2-23.

Abstract: Web 2.0 sociable technologies and social software are presented as enablers in health and health care, for organizations, clinicians, patients and laypersons. They include social networking services, collaborative filtering, social bookmarking, folksonomies, social search engines, file sharing and tagging, mashups, instant messaging, and online multi-player games. The more popular Web 2.0 applications in education, namely wikis, blogs and podcasts, are but the tip of the social software iceberg. Web 2.0 technologies represent a quite revolutionary way of managing and repurposing/remixing online information and knowledge repositories, including clinical and research information, in comparison with the traditional Web 1.0 model.

The paper also offers a glimpse of future software, touching on Web 3.0 (the Semantic Web) and how it could be combined with Web 2.0 to produce the ultimate architecture of participation. Although the tools presented in this review look very promising and potentially fit for purpose in many health care applications and scenarios, careful thinking, testing and evaluation research are still needed in order to establish ‘best practice models’ for leveraging these emerging technologies to boost our teaching and learning productivity, foster stronger ‘communities of practice’, and support continuing medical education/professional development (CME/CPD) and patient education.

Definitions from Wikipedia:
Folksonomy: A folksonomy is a user generated taxonomy used to categorize and retrieve Web pages, photographs, Web links and other web content using open ended labels called tags. Typically, folksonomies are Internet-based, but their use may occur in other contexts as well. The process of folksonomic tagging is intended to make a body of information increasingly easier to search, discover, and navigate over time. A well-developed folksonomy is ideally accessible as a shared vocabulary that is both originated by, and familiar to, its primary users. Two widely cited examples of websites using folksonomic tagging are Flickr and del.icio.us, although it has been suggested that Flickr is not a good example of folksonomy.

Mashup: In popular culture, Mashup usually means:
– Mashup (music), a musical genre of songs that consist entirely of parts of other songs
– Mashup (web application hybrid), a website or web application that combines content from more than one source
– Mashup (video), a video that is edited from more than one source to appear as one
– Mashup, in parts of the UK also means a brew, or a pot of tea (colloq. Yorkshire)
– Mashup, is tools for web designers to make links portable wireless and useful, such as stock reports, weather, breaking news, mapping software, direction finder, business locator, service reviews.

Web 2.0    Web 3.0    Semantic Web
Web 1.0 is Read Only, static data with simple markup for reading
Web 2.0 is Read/Write, dynamic data through web services customize websites and manage items
Web 3.0 is Read/Write/Execute, web 1.0 + web2.0 + programme web according to your needs [build modules and plugin]

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