Working towards Anangu – ology: Taxonomy for Anangu folk
Personal use of Delicious as a social bookmarking tool – including a critical evaluation of the effectiveness of different features and/or functions, as well as a brief statement on the different ways an information organisation may be able to utilise Delicious to support information services, learning and/or collaboration of users and/or employees.
After opening a Delicious account at the beginning of the semester, early discussions in the INF506 Facebook group indicated Diigo might suit me better. [1. (See post by Judy O,Connell, March 19 at 11:45am in response to student having a problem:.....Sorry - that's how Delicious works. It's why I use Diigo in my other subject because students can share directly).] In Diigo the use of tags was another new challenge (see Nyuntu…), so I found myself continuing to share resources through the Facebook page, NintirinkunytjaLearning and/or Twitter. I didn’t make it back to Delicious other than to occasionally check in and follow links in other people’s lists. It didn’t seem necessary to re-list in Delicious, as these resources were already being compiled in Diigo. Sharing in the Facebook group provided instant feedback on the usefulness of the resource to others, as fellow students could like, comment or, better still, add a related resource themselves. Any resources which had immediate relevance to working in the bush usually made it into this blog. This blog was becoming a valuable archive in itself. But it was the issue of tagging with all three tools that worried me. Were resources being lost, due to bad or inadequate tagging, before they could even be assessed and shared?
There were 4 aspects I found very useful when bookmarking with Diigo:
- the ability to add context notes
- the jump up list of tag suggestions
- the “My Library” sidebar with frequency and currency of tagged items
- the potential of the program to save images as well as text.
As the screenshot shows, my immediate use of tags as a more detailed “Favourites” list for personal study continued, but I could see the potential; e.g. using resource headings as tags to retrieve and use in the classroom, and then sharing with other teachers working in a similar context, in a similar way to the “Stacks” tool in Delicious.
With some residual reservations (see Where…), Delicious will definitely be a valuable tool for pursuing as part of a digital literacy course for Anangu students. Adapting a tutorial such as the the one in ”Learning 2.0 Module Archive“ from “Tame the web“ teaches myself and the students. And it seems Michael Stephens might see blogs as an adjunct tool for the Delicious and Diigo tools as well.