I’ve been thinking about tagging (and why not). I enjoyed John Millner’s blog posting on this and have been reading a fair amount about it – perhaps not surprisingly there isn’t a huge amount about it in my own context (English language teaching) kicking around on the web, and what there is is relatively new obviously. To add to the confusion there is now such a thing as a ‘language tag’ (see langtag.net) to identify the human language of digital resources. That use of the term ‘human’ language caught me up short for a moment, but I like the sound of it. Of course the language of machines is a kind of human language too; perhaps the day will arrive when machines will develop languages that only they can understand.

So, back to tagging, and particularly tagging in the workplace. I had this wacky idea that I might try to persuade a group of teachers to join me in experimenting with such a project here. Asking for collaboration on such matters hasn’t always worked wonders in the past and there’s a feeling that any extra tasks like this should be rewarded financially. I can’t really profess to be the world’s greatest tagger and have resisted the urge to surround myself with clouds of metadat up till now, but I’m coming round to the idea and the social element is the clincher for me. I was an early Twitter registerer too, but didn’t start Tweeting in earnest till everyone else showed up. I suspect this will be the problem with this too – critical mass giving it all some meaning and dynamic.

So which to use? I rather like Connotea, but mainly because it looks more academic and maybe therefore more exclusive. I suspect that Del.icio.us will be the best bet as more people are likely to have heard of it and I could sell people on the more mainstream social appeal (maybe). My one doubt about it is that they may simply not see any value in it and not be interested in participating for that reason more than any other.

If anyone out there has any experience of doing this in their workplace, I’d love to hear about it.