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September 01, 2005

Two domains of taxonomy building

Tom wrote in response to my entry on taxonomy:

> Your main description of taxonomy suggests that we need a taxonomy for "the field of collective intelligence" -- the conceptual architecture of what we're talking about when we say "the field of collective intelligence" (such as my three articles, but co-created).

Yes, I believe that developing a common language based on shared mental models captured in an emergent, collaborative taxonomy, can be an essential contribution of our group to the field and also an attractor for the next year’s CI conference.

> Now I hear you saying we need to work over the taxonomy of this blog, which I thought was about planning this event. The word taxonomy here apparently refers to the categories we use to classify our entries on the blog... I understand that technically (I think?), but I'm not finding it easy to grasp the elusive bigger picture that you are seeing that involves making a "taxonomy" for this organizing/discussion space, and reworking that taxonomy.

Tom, heartfelt thank you for asking for clarification, which nudges me to say more about what I see.


Posted by George Por, Thu, Sep 01 2005 10:31 PM
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Categories: Taxonomy | Technologies |
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August 30, 2005

Why and how to nourish our taxonomy

A taxonomy is an ordered collection of mental models that members of a community or organization use to describe the essential concepts or events of their shared domain of study or action. It can be an important vehicle or detractor of collective intelligence, depending on how skillfully it is designed and maintained. That is the main reason why I've been studying taxonomy issues for 18 years.


Posted by George Por, Tue, Aug 30 2005 02:09 PM
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Categories: Intended Results | Taxonomy |
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