David Weinberger has written a new book called “Everything is Miscellaneous” which covers the breakdown of the established order of ordering. In the book, he explains how methods of categorization designed for physical objects fail when we can instead put things in multiple categories at once, and search them in many ways. This is no dry book on taxonomy, but has the insight and wit you’d expect from the author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, Small Pieces Loosely Joined, and a former writer for Woody Allen.
I recently ran across David’s book when someone made an opinion that Catalyze was ‘hard coding’ the hierarchies and navigation in our new community. While searching for more information, I ran across a video of David’s recent presentation at Google Tech Talks on May 10, 2007. The video is about 60 minutes long, but is well worth the investment of time as David is quite entertaining and can be found at Google Video.
The concepts outlined in this book will probably come into play as Catalzye changes form as more people start coming through the door. We definitely recognize that there is more than one order of categorization for Catalyze – but we had to put an initial stake in the ground to get things going. However, we are using TAGS to help with categorization and will let members tag information that they add and review.
I’m tagging this with Miscellaneous.
More information on David Weinberger can be found at his Everything is Miscellaneous blog and website.