Standardized Tagging – And The Best Idea I’ve Had in a While (right?)
OK. We had an interesting conversation at NECC about creating a standardized system of tagging so we can all actually find the things other people have made or found already. BUT the issue is in coming up with an effective way of tagging that everyone can use across all the school districts, states etc.
Teaching Generation Z added an extra level of complexity by reminding me that there’s more to the world than the U.S. Dang. Forgot about that. 🙂
SO . . initially I figured you’d have to make a choice. You’d either have to go pretty broad and lose a lot of individual usefulness (state standards for one which I feel is really the key to getting a larger sphere of involvement and usage) or you’d end up with way too many tags. So rather than being a negative jerk I started thinking about how it’d be possible to keep the regional detail needed and still create something that was useful internationally.
A POSSIBLE ANSWER—
What if we set up tagging standards based on smaller groups (state standards in the US and whatever is a comparable level internationally). Then we create correlations between the standards. (That would be the real work). After that when you tag it with the VA standards it will automatically pull in the relevant tags from the other states/countries.
For example a VA centric tag of SOLUSI6.b would be matched with the equivalent tags in Alaska, Australia etc. Then any VA tagger would not need to know the tags in Alaska and Australia but the tagging would occur anyway.
This would also require a centralized tagging database (maybe a Scuttle type set up or maybe a full fledged database -Dabble?). Maybe it could set to feed in from select del.icio.us accounts to prevent doubling work or something like that.
Once you get that running you could start doing fun stuff like having only tags show related to your login information. You could check boxes in your preferences panel to only show tags from say ISTE and VA. That way you only see what you want.
So that’s my idea. What do you think?