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February 26, 2005

Taxonomies and Trees

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Posted by David Weinberger

I’ve posted the longish overview section of an article I wrote for the latest issue of Esther Dyson’s Release 1.0. The article is called “Taxonomies and Tags: From Trees to Piles of Leaves,” which is pretty much what it’s about.

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1. weaverluke on February 27, 2005 3:57 AM writes...

A very clearly put overview—and a great metaphor! Extending the metaphor, though, aren't trees and the piles of leaves they generate part of a single ecosystem? It seems to me that the current fragmentation of structured and unstructured approaches to data representation in the net limits the possibilities for truly identity-centric (rather than application-centric) social applications. We can understand RSS, APIs, web search and free-tagging from this perspective:

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