Ontology is overrated: categories, links, and tags

From Clay Shirky : Ontology is overrated: categories, links, and tags.
I quote : “It’s all dependent on human context. This is what we’re starting to see with del.icio.us, systems that are allowing for and aggregating tags. The signal benefit is that they don’t recreate the structured, hierarchical categorization so often forced onto us by our physical systems. Instead, we’re dealing with a significant break — by letting users tag URLs and then aggregating those tags, we’re going to be able to build alternate organizational systems, systems that, like the Web itself, do a better job of letting individuals create value for one another, often without realizing it.”
Still, I think that he underestimate the value of Ontology to build concept and extract a meaning from the chao.
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Source : Column Two : News and opinion on all things KM & CM.

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