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Discourse Architecture is itself an experiment in taxonomy (ways of organizing information). If you mouseover any category, you should be able to read a brief description of the logic behind that category. I might be changing the groupings from time to time as I start adding more content, we’ll see how goes it.

While we’re here, what follows is the full category list with explanations (accurate as of 9/9/07):

  • directories & resources - repositories, portals, useful sites
  • tagging & info organization - metadata, microformats, taxonomy, search
  • mapping/infoviz - enhanced data presentation, geo/temporal data
  • groupware & collaboration - enhancing online cooperation
  • identity & self representation - identity 2.0
  • community & grouping - voluntary associations, social interaction
  • crowdsourcing & aggregation - betting, predictions, collective intelligence
  • ranking, voting, & feedback - user agency, individual influence
  • aggregation & mashups - facilitating data flow, customization
  • distribution & publishing - platforms that facilitate pushing information
  • dialog, rhetoric, & logic - intricacies of speech & communication
  • specific formats - instances of control over input formats
  • realtime & interactivity - gaming, motion, keeping users engaged
  • real/virtual mix - specifically mixing the two
  • mobile applications - regarding cells/PDAs
  • social network theory