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Social Bookmarking

agging Helps Categorize and Share Bookmarks

Social bookmarking allows individuals, and groups, to centrally organize and manage bookmarks in flexible ways. Tagging is a completely unstructured and free form method of categorizing online content (webpages, pictures & posts). This allows users to create connections between data anyway they want. If you've ever seen a subject heading in the library catalog, then you’you've already come across tagging. Unlike library subject cataloging, which follows a strict set of guidelines (i.e.Library of Congress subject headings), tagging is completely unstructured and free form, allowing users to create connections between data any way they want. You choose terms that are meaningful for you, so if “cooking” makes more sense to you than “cookery”, you’re free to use it! It’s sort of like the “Bookmarks” or “Favorites” folders in your browser. Only better. 

With social bookmarks, you never have to remember which computer you saved the link on. This is ideal for anyone who uses more than one computer. Clicking a tag in the library shows you all the bookmarks with that tag. And in the same way that using a subject heading can narrow a catalog search, using a folksonomy tag can save you from sorting through millions of Google hits by showing you what other people have found useful on that topic. Since your links will be saved to the website, you can access them from any computer with internet access.  

Many users find that the real power of these sites is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other websites that may be of interest to you. You can think of it as peering into another person’ filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each person's filing cabinet helps to build an expansive knowledge network. 

Many users find that the power of these sites is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other websites that may be of interest to you. 

Diigo is the tagging and social bookmarking site that we'll explore in this section. Del.icio.us is another very popular social bookmarking tool. A number of other Web 2.0 applications use tagging (e.g., Flicker, YouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter). 

Social Bookmarking in Teaching and Learning

Social bookmarking is an open and informal method of categorizing that allows instructors and students to associate keywords with online content and save and organize resources for future reference (including articles, blogs and websites). Instructors can use social bookmarking to build a shared resource library for use by their students. Below are some ideas to get you started thinking about how social bookmarking would work best for your particular teaching circumstances. 

Organizing Collections
Create an organized collection of links to useful sites based on course concepts and web-based materials to supplement a course. Students can use the library for homework assignments or self-study and they can go back and revisit texts, videos or listening materials they have studied during the semester.

Project Support
Have students develop a tagged library as a literature review. Have students submit a properly tagged and annotated library as a part of a larger research assignment.

Group Sharing
Create a bookmarking group for students to join. Collect links relevant to a particular topic or theme that your students are exploring in class. Ask students to investigate the links and add a few bookmarks that they believe are useful or relevant. Ask them to justify their decision

Discovery Resources

TOEP Diigo Library
The TOEP Community has an Online Resource Library created using Diigo. To explore the library, simply click the Online Resource Library Book icon. If you would like to add resources to the library, you must register. All TOEP participants are encouraged to add resource links to the library. 
Online Resource Library

Learn More about Tagging and Folksonomies
To learn about how to use tagging to describe your bookmarks and other social media to allow these resources to be categorized and more easily located by browsing or searching, check out this Wikipedia entry about Tagging

Other Social Bookmarking Tools
One of the characteristics of lifelong learners is that they are continuously discovering new resources. These Top 10 Social Bookmarking sites for Teachers can help you store, save classify, curate, aggregate, organize, and share what you learn.  

    Discovery Exercise

    1. View the Discovery Resources to get a good overview of Diigo and its features.
    2. Create a Diigo account and discover how this bookmarking tool can replace your traditional browser bookmark list.
    3. Apply for a Diigo Educator Upgrade to request a special premium account provided specifically to educators.
    4. Explore the site options and try clicking on a bookmark that has also been bookmarked by a lot of other users. Can you see the comments they added about this bookmark or the tags that they used to categorize this reference?
    5. Create a post in the TOEP Community about your experience and thoughts about social bookmarking. Remember to include a link to your Diigo library within the text of your post so others can also benefit from the resources you've collected. Can you see the potential of this tool for your courses or research needs? Or just as an easy way to create bookmarks that can be accessed from anywhere?
    To get quick access to your Diigo libraries and be able to quickly bookmark, highlight and annotate webpages,  consider installing the Diigo Toolbar in your browser.

    Now, Request Your Badge!

    Complete the badge request form to earn your TOEP Social Bookmarking Badge. You will need the URL for the Social Bookmark Library you created using Diigo in this Discovery Exercise.

    What Does the Research Say?

    Borrego, Á., & Fry, J. (2012). Measuring researchers’ use of scholarly information through social bookmarking data: A case study of BibSonomy. Journal Of Information Science, 38(3), 297-308.

    Lin, C., & Tsai, C. (2011). Applying social bookmarking to collective information searching (CIS): An analysis of behavioral pattern and peer interaction for co-exploring quality online resources. Computers In Human Behavior, 27(3), 1249-1257.

    Lin, C., & Tsai, C. (2012). Participatory learning through behavioral and cognitiveengagements in an online collective information searching activity. International Journal Of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 7(4), 543-566.

    Greenhow, C. (2009). Social Scholarship: Social Scholarship: Applying Social Networking Technologies to Research Practices. Knowledge Quest, 37(4), 42-47.

    Additional research information is available in the Social Bookmarking section of the TOEP Resource Library.

    *Note: Access to the research articles may require logging into your campus' library system or you may request an article through Inter Library Loan (ILL).