InfoCloud Solutions News
There is a lot going on at InfoCloud Solutions, Inc. with customer/client work, presentation, and press. We are trying to archive that infomation here.
Past News Items
Percpetions Matrix Unveilled at the Social Tagging And Knowledge Organization Workshop
Thomas Vander Wal publicly presented his Matrix of Perception conceptual model at the Social Tagging and Knowledge Organization Workshop in Tübingen, Germany (live video presentation) in his Keeping Up With Social Tagging presentation. Thomas will be writing about the Matrix of Perception, which is comprised of the Faces of Perception and Depth of Perception in the near future at Personal InfoCloud.
Well Received Presentation to Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies brought in Thomas to present social bookmarking to its member conference on web publishing. Many of the publications already have some means of providing social sharing of their articles and reviews, but are finding the existing services are not providing the value they should be getting from them.
Spend a Day with STIET
Thomas spent January 18, 2008 at the University of Michigan's STIET Program meeting with scholars, professors, students, and those with related interests. The program is a multidisciplinary graduate program covering business, economics, information science, and related disciplines. The day of eight meetings included a 90 minute presentation that was broadcast over a high definition network to students and faculty at Wayne State.
Book for O'Reilly Progressing
Thomas Vander Wal&s book on social bookmarking and folksonomy is progressing well. The book will cover in depth the subject matter that is provided in the workshops and presentations on the subject, but will go into more depth. The book will include interviews and insights into those building the next generation of social bookmarking tools.
MIT Technology Review Interviews Vander Wal Regarding Google's Cloud
Thomas Vander Wal was interviewed and quoted through out the MIT Technology Review article "Google's Cloud Looms Large". Thomas was asked about the what the Google offering and what it may potentially bring that others have not been able to do as of yet.
IA Konfrenz Presentation and Half-day Workshop in Stuttgart a Success
Thomas gave a well received presentation on "Bottom-up Tagging Can Get You to the Top" as well as a half-day workshop on "Building a Foundation for Tagging and the Social Web" at the IA Konferenz (German IA Conference) in Stuttgart, Germany on November 9 and 10, 2007.
ASIS&T Social IA Workshop Well Received
Thomas presented a full-day workshop at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting on Social IA in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 20, 2008. The workshop was well received and covered foundations for understanding social software on the web and walked through many questions from attendees that drove the content and structure of the day.
Successful Presentation Trips to England
Things have been quite busy as Thomas made 3 trips to England in 5 weeks to present a highly full-day workshop on "Building the Social Web with Tagging/Folksonomies" at dConstruct in Brighton. The workshop went so well and was sold out early that discussions are already being had to repeat the workshop (please get in contact if you have interest in being included in the notifications.
Thomas was brought over to lecture at DeMontfort University's Institute of Creative Technologies on Folksonomy: Hated word but loved resource and attend the Tags, Networks, and Narritive wrap-up Seminar for the year long research project around tagging and social interaction.
Thomas last trip included a presentation at St. Paul's School on Going Social to a very bright group of students and faculty. Thomas also presented a lecture at Nature Publishing on "Making Sense of Content" (a live blog of the presentation can be found at Thomas Vander Wal Visits Nature. The main focus of the trip was Thomas' presentation at the Future of Web Apps (FoWA) where Thomas presented Putting Users First that has had a few requests from companies to have the same presentation at their corportate gatherings.
Inc. Magazine Coverage on Corporate Data Openness
Inc. Magazine has included its interview with Thomas Vander Wal in its article What's Next: Shout It Out Loud, regarding coroprations being more open with information about the companies and their products. In today's world of the web it relatively easy to find out information about most anything. Corporations need to realize they have few secrets and to take control by being the authoritative source for their information.
Full-day Workshop at dConstruct is Sold Out
On September 6th, 2007 Thomas Vander Wal will be holding his Building the Social Web with Tagging/Folksonomies — d.construct Workshop — at the Brighton Dome, Brighton, England, UK.
Thomas Vander Wal, creator of the term folksonomy, provides a full-day workshop on building the social web through a detailed look at tagging systems. The workshop will provide a foundation for understanding social software from the perspective of the people who use it. This perspective helps site owners solve the ‘cold start’ problem of social software not starting out social.
Highly Positive Reviews from Enterprise 2.0 Presentation
Thomas Vander Wal presented Bottom-up Tagging All the Day Down on June 21, 2007 in Boston at Enterprise 2.0 Conference. The presentation was well received accolades from attendees and those just following the slides. Luis Suarez of IBM states "Thomas attempts (And succeeds tremendously!) to introduce the topic of tagging behind the firewall".
SXSW Tag You're It Panel
Thomas Vander Wal will be a panelist on the Tag You're It Panel at South by SouthWest in Austin, Texas. The panel information:
Tag You're It on Saturday 10 March 2007 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The panel will be looking at what people are actually doing inside social tagging systems and where things have gone in the past couple years with tagging. We will get beyond the notion that the tagging is cool by providing examples of how people are really using the tools in innovative and useful ways.
CIO Magazine Coverage
Thomas Vander Wal is quoted in CIO Magazine article "The Name Game: Tagging tools let users describe the world in their own terms as taxonomies become 'folksonomies.'", which is a good overview of the current state of tagging.
New York Times Idea of the Year 2005
Thomas Vander Wal was written up in the New York Times Year in Ideas 2005 Folksonomy entry. Thomas was the person who coined the term folksonomy in 2004 and has been doing research and presentations on the concept behind the term since that time. Thomas recently wrote-up an overview of the Folksonomy presentation delivered at the Online Information Conference. This presentation was one of his most recent public presenation on the topic.