Got a bit of clay digging done today. Here's what I brought back.
Work on Networks. Clay has put together a "highly opinionated" annotated bibliography on the evolution of social network theory.
Social Software and the Next Big Phase of the Internet.
A 23-page interview that features info on what he did during the
nineties, straight from the horse's mouth. It also contains an insightful passage that I believe
captures the gist of the promise of social software for knowledge
management -- turning (some) tacit into explicit:
know things about social life in a very diffuse kind of way, but when
we actually see it, it creates a different kind of effect. So a lot of
what we're seeing in this wave of social software is that enough social
relations have now been made explicit. We're good enough at mining them
that we're able to use social filters to do the kinds of things that
the knowledge management and data-mining people always promised but
could never deliver.
[...] When I get a piece of
information, the social context of that information is in many ways the
single most important thing. Say I get a piece of e-mail that says,
"The sky is falling." Is it from somebody trustworthy, or is it spam?
If it's from somebody I know and they tell me the sky is falling, I'm
going to follow up on that. If it's HGHproducts@hotmail.com, I'm not.
The social wrapper that information comes in is tremendously important.
In many ways, it's more important than the information itself.
Lilia is looking for links on weblog research
of the academically endorsed variety. While most of the good writing on
weblogs is to be found on the web itself rather than in academic
publications, more traditional-looking references can come in handy to
those in an academic environment. Here are a couple pointers of mine.
(Most are taken out of my blogroll on the left.)