A new report from the Pew Internet Research Center states that 28 percent of Americans have tagged something online, be it a blog post, image on a photo sharing service like Flickr or a website on a social bookmarking service like del.icio.us
David Bigwood over at the Catalogablog site points out that some public domain texts have had keywords extracted from them and automatically uploaded to del.icio.us, but that such automation could be used by spammers to to wreck social bookmarking sites.
Tagging is essentially adding labels to something, to help you find it again. They can be personal just to you or more descriptive and applicable to many more people – there’s no right or wrong way to tag things.
MyIntute offers the chance to tag records for yourself – for example you could gather together a range of websites that you are looking to show off in a lecture, give them a tag of ‘presentation’ and then export them as an email to yourself.
Have you used the MyIntute tagging system? If so, why not tell us what you used it for, how you got on and send us some feedback.
info4local is the gateway site for local authorities looking for information about what central government is getting up to and it has just been relaunched with a major new facelift.
The new look and feel gives a much cleaner interface which is easy to navigate and includes new information, for example on UK government consultations, sub-categories for some of the subjects covered by info4local and categorisation by region.
Designed to disseminate information of interest to those working in local authorities, info4local may well be of interest to those researching local government issues and how central government policy filters down to the local level.
The Regional Administration section of the Intute: Government Policy gateway contains many links on the issues of Local Government, Finance and Budgets and Specific Personnel, such as mayors.
The World Economic Forum 2007 meeting in Davos entitled ‘The Shifting Power Equation’ lasts until January 28th and is a meeting of business, political and social leaders. The site features web/video podcasts of some of the sessions, a blog with a range of contributors and summaries of the sessions.
Coverage of the meeting is also available from BBC News including their Davos Blog, a Davos in-depth section in their Business pages and their stories form part of a wider service called Davos Conversations which aggregates content.
Intute: Social Sciences links to more resources on the topic of the World Economic Forum
The Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) is successful in recruiting good candidates, especially in secondary shortage subjects, according to An employment-based route into teaching 2003-06. The report, published today by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), also found that the overall quality of teaching by trainees on the programme was better in 2005/6 compared with the previous two years
The Independent Study into School Leadership commissioned from PricewaterhouseCoopers examines a range of current and new ideas and practices to boost school standards and deliver more effective management of schools through improved leadership model
The Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme for Individual Awards is now open with nominations accepted until noon on Wednesday 14 March. 50 awards of 10,000 GBP are available and each institution may nominate up to 3 individuals.
Intute: Social Sciences links to more resources on the topic of Education
The Economics Network is launching a Student Essay Competition for anyone studying Economics as part of their HE course. If you can come up with 1000 words on the topic of “What advice would you give to students starting your course?” you could win £250.
How is economics portrayed in fiction? That was the subject of a recent radio discussion from NPR in the United States, which has been made available online for your listening pleasure (via Boing Boing)
The Adam Smith Institute has announced the Regulatory Monitor which aims to highlight “the worst excesses of bureaucratic red tape and excessive compliance costs in the UK” and begins by looking at gambling and airports.
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