QH: New delicious Online Research

I often do research online. GIYF after all. I was doing some research at work (on SCORM - specifically the different versions between 1.2 and 2004) and, upon finding a good resource, I did my usual and bookmarked it, in case I wanted to come back to review it.

For bookmarking, I use del.icio.us - as I've mentioned before. When you add a del.icio.us bookmark you can see how many other people have also bookmarked it. Seeing that others had bookmarked the same link, I followed this link. I then reviewed what other links each person put in similar categories.

For example, bookmarking a page on SCORM version 1.2, I could following the tags: SCORM, elearning, & version-1.2. I could then see other pages that had the same tags.

It's like a pre-filtered list of relevant links pertaining to a topic. Instead of all pages that Google thinks is related to a specific query, you see what other humans have linked to. You can review anyone's public bookmarks (by searching or by tag) but was particularly interesting was that I started from a page I had found: so I was looking just at what other people found - but only people who also thought that same page was good. It was a smaller set of people - and it was people who had already shown some similarity of preference to me.

I think this could be a very useful research mechanism.

Thursday, July 31, 2008, 12:00 AM

tagged: google, tools, delicious, research

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