First, a Happy New Year (2006) to all of you out there.
While an illness forces me to lay in bed I have some time to dig around for various things I am interested in. One of these things are systems of “Social Bookmarking”. Personally I have been using Spurl for a while and I tested del.icio.us briefly.
However, my professional interest rose while reading “Social Bookmarking in the Enterprise“. The article describes the experience at IBM to introduce a social bookmarking system within the company as non-intrusive knowledge management tool.
The post “Social bookmarks review” presents a document briefly comparing currently 19 social bookmarking systems. Furthermore, the article “Social Bookmarking Tools (I) – A General Review” presents a nice overview of some social bookmarking tools. In a second article they introduce Connetea in more detail.
“Connotea is a free online reference management service. It allows you to save links to all your favourite articles, references, websites and other online resources with one click. Connotea is also a social bookmarking tool, so you can view other people’s collections to discover new, interesting content. ” Connetea has in particular the academic community in mind and provides some special enhancements to support bookmarking academic articles.
The main advantage of Connetea is the availability of the source code under the GPL. This allows you to install Connetea on your own site, modify the code and release it to the public and to write plug-ins for whatever you need. Also, “Connotea Code is written in Perl, and uses MySQL as the data store. ” This should make it fairly easy to familiarise yourself with the code and the data is not held hostage in a proprietary format.
All in all, it seems my search for a social bookmarking system for my company comes to an end. Together with a colleague I hope to install the system, tweak it and then start using it.