Social Bookmarking & Del.icio.us: A Personal and Professional Productivity Tool

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A brief tutorial and introduction to issues concerning using Del.icio.us for work and pleasure.

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  • 1. Social Bookmarking & Del.icio.us:A Personal and Professional Productivity Tool Patricia F. Anderson Health Sciences LibrariesUniversity of Michigan February 22, 2007 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

2. Del.icio.us 3. Useful for

  • Folk who use multiple computers in various locations
  • Discovery of items similar to your selections
  • Collecting search strategies & information for bibliographies
  • Course-integrated instruction
  • Sharing resources with peers, managers, students & others
  • Web site development

4. Content in Del.icio.us

  • Database built by general public, contains what others liked
  • Focused: better for popular topics and items
  • Currently tends to focus on items of interest to technophiles and young adults, but growing and diversifying
  • What you add changes the profile

5. Like Del.icio.us but for Scientists

  • Connotea
  • CiteULike

6. Connotea 7. Connotea 8. CiteULike 9. Searching in Del.icio.us

  • Three options

10. Searching in Del.icio.us

  • Example:

11. Searching in Del.icio.us

  • Lets try it.
  • http://del.icio.us/

12. Browsing Tags in Del.icio.us

  • Tags are freeform and self-selected
  • Check a variety of spellings, phrasings, capitalization, and punctuation for the same concept
    • Avian flu = avian.flu = avian_flu = avian-flu =avianflu= Avian.flu = Avian.Flu = avian flu =
    • Avian influenza
    • Bird flu =birdflu
    • Bird influenza
    • Pandemic influenza
    • Pandemic flu
    • H5N1 / h5n1
    • MORE: tamiflu, pandemic, flu, epidemic, influenza
  • Watch for popular terms

13. Browsing Tags in Del.icio.us 14. Browsing Tags in Del.icio.us 15. Browsing Tags in Del.icio.us 16. Browsing Tags in Del.icio.us

  • DEMO
  • http://del.icio.us/tag/

17. Getting Started

  • Create your account
  • Upload your bookmarks
  • Export bookmarks (hotsync)
  • Save links
  • Tag
  • Annotate
  • Settings

18. Create Your Account 19. Create Your Account

  • Each account must be associated with a unique e-mail address (I think).
  • If creating an account to be shared across an office, consider creating an e-mail list to serve as the contact e-mail address.

20. Create Your Account

  • Consider the purpose of the account when naming it; segregate home / personal and office collections.
  • If you will be collecting information that is private consider choosing a username that will not be associated with you personally.

21. Create Your Account

  • Lets do it!
  • Choose a fictional name?
  • If you have a non-UM e-mail address, consider using that as the contact.
  • Use a different password than your Kerberos password.
  • You will need to open your e-mail in another window to activate the account.

22. Upload Bookmarks

  • Easy : Select file, accept default options
  • Public orPrivate - your choice

23. Export Bookmarks

  • Like hotsyncing your browser

24. How to Save a Link

  • With the post button
  • With the browser buttons
  • Required elements: title / URL
  • Optional standard elements: tags / annotations
  • Extra optional element: Privacy checkbox

25. How to Save a Link

  • With the post button (eg. PDFs)

26. How to Save a Link

  • With the post button (eg. PDFs)

27. How to Save a Link

  • With the browser buttons
    • TIP: Use the tab to fill in a tag with the highlighted tag, or click on the choice to save typing.

28. How to Save a Link

  • Extra optional element: Privacy checkbox

29. How to Tag

  • Tagging rules
    • Separate tags with a space
    • Join words with punctuation (lower-case preferred) (some simply delete spaces between words)
    • Use capitalization appropriately to improved readability or to distinguish between tags and bundles

30. How to Annotate

  • Annotations: Personal vs. Communal
  • Citations
  • Quotations
  • Date Viewed
  • Size limits on what can be included

31. Tag & Annotate Examples 32. Tag & Annotate Examples 33. Tag & Annotate Examples 34. Editing Saved Links 35. Personalized Settings

  • Privacy options
  • Tag Bundles
  • Networking

36. Personalized Settings: Privacy

  • Private links (checkbox)
  • Private network (block someone who sends you inappropriate links)

37. Personalized Settings: Tag Bundles

  • SAVE!

38. Who Saved What? 39. Personalized Settings: Networks 40. Using Networks for Discovery 41. Things To Do With Del.icio.us

  • Working with students
  • Del.icio.us in class environments (Google jockeys)
  • Working with peers and administrators
  • Have an assistant gather information for you

42. Del.icio.us vs. Ctools for URL Collections

  • Del.icio.us
    • Available to public (+/-)
    • Annotations and tags provide richer information than the Ctools Dropbox
    • Easier to share/add/delete links than Ctools
    • Students develop skills and collections for life after Michigan
    • Feeds the public good
  • Ctools
    • Can secure access to a select group (+/-)
    • Integrates with other course materials
    • UM Institutional and community standard

43. Collect Links for Building Websites 44. Collect Information to Answer a Question

  • Remember privacy issues: Does your collection reveal identity?

45. Collect Information and Strategies for Your Manager 46. Have an Assistant Collect Links for You 47. Create Information and Teaching Guides

  • Library guides

48. Linking to Complex Concepts

  • Use the plus sign (+) to combine concepts

49. Example Library Guide

  • Notice the annotations?

50. Saving Search Strategies

  • Saving search strategies for a class (Google Jockey concept)

51. Tagging Tips

  • Too few terms can make retrieval difficult
  • Too many terms can also make retrieval difficult

52. Tagging Tips

  • Include both broad and narrow terms
  • Design terms with repeated concepts to go from broad to narrow, general to specific.

53. Tagging Tips

  • Use punctuation for spaces (lower case)
  • Think of unique concepts as two term combinations, rather than a new term.
  • Standardization helps, but requires maintenance.

54. Tagging Tips

  • Tagging shortcuts: examples
    • Items for a particular audience:
      • 4doctors, 4kids, 4patients, etc
    • Items from frequently read journals or authors:
      • in:jada, in:nyt, in:chronicle, in:agd
    • Items for people in your delicious network:
      • for:dentlib, for:tmjchat

55. Saving Items Tagged for You 56. Saving Items Tagged for You 57. Tag Clouds 58. Tag Bundles 59. Questions?

    • Contact: Patricia Anderson at pfa@umich.edu