|Martial Raysse - Painting exhibited at |
Raysse exhibition in Paris
Patrick wrote this book about seven years ago. Reflecting on the changes over the last seven years, and more specifically the fact that folksonomy has somewhat invaded and overshadowed taxonomy's territory, I am wondering how relevant taxonomy may be today....
Of course, it goes without saying that taxonomy is the foundation for folksonomy.
To use an analogy, while today there are fewer and fewer artists producing Piero della Francesca type masterpieces and perhaps we see more Martial Raysse type works of art; yet both pieces of art stir emotions, are admirable, appealing to our various senses.
|Portrait of Duke and Duchess of Urbino|
By Piero della Francesca
In a way, this may holds true with folksonomy. Do we need to have some understanding of taxonomy to create good and meaningful hashtags, tags or labels?
No doubt that the 21st century knowledge worker, needs to have some understanding of good classification practices - and I guess you can call it taxonomy.
Similarly, Martial Raysse most probably studied Piero della Francesca's work extensively before he did his masterpiece.
I'm not an art critique, so I will limit my observations to the KM world..... I believe today's knowledge worker is perhaps a bit luckier than his/her ancestors, as thanks to folksonomy - which is a less rigid, more dynamic and user-friendly - we do not need to adhere to "forced rules" and can create our classification as and when needed.
This means that while some of the classifications (hashtags, tags or labels) will end up staying with us for a long period of time, others, once they have served their purpose will die of natural death.
More importantly, folksonomy does not require us to retrofit our classification system.... What ever was - continues to be - and what ever is to be, will benefit from the new classification.
Another advantage of folksonomy is the fact that we do not need to use or memorize a huge tome of terms, become experts or rely on experts to classify content.
When hashtags - which are our new way of classifying content - go viral, we all become experts as we find it pretty intuitive to use the right hashtag, label or tag for the right content.
I may have oversimplified it tremendously, but I cannot help asking myself whether we still need taxonomy in its original incarnation to help us share content, or if folksonomy and what ever will come next is doing an equally good if not a better job?
I love to hear Patrick's and your view on this.