Thursday, 17 July 2008

Organising knowledge...

...right before your eyes. This sounds a bit like a line from the Transformers movie, but actually something very interesting is happening on Librarything.

Librarything is essentially a collaborative space where users can catalogue their own books and meet people who have similar or matching tastes in books. What is interesting is some of the discussions that take place and the groups that they form. In this group users are building an Open Shelves Classification (OSC) scheme, essentially they are building a taxonomy from the bottom up, but collaboratively, fascinating.

The Green Chameleon blog has more on the story.

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