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= The P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy =
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==== The P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy =====
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This page serves as general overview for the P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy. 
  
This page documents how we use the wiki taxonomy.
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*The top level of the site-wide taxonomy is [[:Category:P2P Foundation]].  All categories are actually subcategories of this top-level category.
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*End User documentation is here: [[Help:Using Categories]].
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*Planned, wide scale changes and requests for changes to the Taxonomy are kept in [[P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy Maintenance]].
  
End User documentation is here: [[Help:Using Categories]]
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====Theory of our taxonomy====
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The P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy is a structured [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxonomy taxonomy] in the sense that we attempt to apply more and more specificity to articles through the use of subcategories.  Subcategories are also used to classify media types, and groups of people.  Subcategories may have more than one parent category.  For example, the [[:Category:Standards | Standards category]] can and is be applied to a number of different emphasis areas like [[:Category:Peer Governance | Peer Governance]] or [[:Category:Peer Production | Peer Production]] and so is a subcategory of each of these areas.  In the case of "[[Standards in Peer Production]]" a page exists to show the intersection of articles that are have been placed into the Standards and Peer Production categories. 
  
Tasks for fulfilling changes to the taxonomy are loaded to [[P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy Maintenance]]
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====Core Categories====
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Most articles on the site fall into a three core categories: [[:Category:Peer Governance]], [[:Category:Peer Property]], [[Category:Peer Production]].  There are other popular categories, and some wide ranging subcategories, and these three make up the "Trifecta" as outlined in [[:Category:P2P Theory]].
  
*MindMeister Map of Taxonomy: http://www.mindmeister.com/28896655/p2p-foundation-wiki-category
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====Taxonomy as the Default, Sub-optimal Linking System on the Wiki====
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Wikis are the most useful when an effort is made to link the core concepts in an article to related articles within the wiki and the wider web.    Linking between pages creates a rich web of relationships and context for articles.  The taxonomy categories are used as a sort of backup system. It is currently rare for users to refer to article categories to find related content. As such, while categories are easy to use, they are only of limited value when compared to linking key concepts within articles together through the use of highlighted links.
  
*The site-wide taxonomy starts with [[:Category:P2P Foundation]].  You can start there to navigate through the site.
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====Please Review Current Categories Before Adding New Ones====
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Users are actively encouraged to research and review current categories before creating new categories.  You can see visit [[Help:Search for Duplicates and Related Articles]] to find out more about doing a power search for your desired categoryEmpty categories aren't helpful to site visitors.  Time has shown that collaborating on the expansion and specificity of the category system is beneficial because it informs other editors of new categories and helps uncover current, under-utilized categories.  Categories are no substitute for linking between articles, and adding them actually complicates things more than it helps because site visitors will run into a category page that lists only one link and leave the site frustrated.
  
==Theory of our taxonomy==
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If you have a recommendation for a subcategory you should feel free to start a discussion on one of the already existing core category pages about your ideaThis is a good way to get the ball rolling.
 
 
Wikis are the most useful when every page is linked to every other page.    While linking between pages creates a rich web of relationships, Categories allow us:
 
 
 
*Create [[:Category:P2P Resource Collections | Resource Collections]], super groups of articles that are related to a central topic like [[:Category:Design | Design]]
 
*Collect together various articles of distinct media types into collections:Articles, Videos
 
*Generally aid users in traversing the wealth of content on the wiki through intelligent categorization-based navigation
 
 
 
==Instructions for using categories==
 
 
 
To see the current guidelines for using categories visit [[P2P Foundation Wiki Category Usage]]
 
 
 
==Current Direction for the Wiki Taxonomy==
 
 
 
The wiki taxonomy is created and maintained to serve the users and visitors of the siteIt undergoes changes, additions, and simplifications. 
 
 
 
For a look at the current work underway on the taxonomy visit the [[P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy Maintenance]] page.
 
  
 
[[Category:P2P Foundation Wiki Administration]]
 
[[Category:P2P Foundation Wiki Administration]]

Revision as of 11:13, 2 August 2010

The P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy =

This page serves as general overview for the P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy.

Theory of our taxonomy

The P2P Foundation Wiki Taxonomy is a structured taxonomy in the sense that we attempt to apply more and more specificity to articles through the use of subcategories. Subcategories are also used to classify media types, and groups of people. Subcategories may have more than one parent category. For example, the Standards category can and is be applied to a number of different emphasis areas like Peer Governance or Peer Production and so is a subcategory of each of these areas. In the case of "Standards in Peer Production" a page exists to show the intersection of articles that are have been placed into the Standards and Peer Production categories.

Core Categories

Most articles on the site fall into a three core categories: Category:Peer Governance, Category:Peer Property,. There are other popular categories, and some wide ranging subcategories, and these three make up the "Trifecta" as outlined in Category:P2P Theory.

Taxonomy as the Default, Sub-optimal Linking System on the Wiki

Wikis are the most useful when an effort is made to link the core concepts in an article to related articles within the wiki and the wider web. Linking between pages creates a rich web of relationships and context for articles. The taxonomy categories are used as a sort of backup system. It is currently rare for users to refer to article categories to find related content. As such, while categories are easy to use, they are only of limited value when compared to linking key concepts within articles together through the use of highlighted links.

Please Review Current Categories Before Adding New Ones

Users are actively encouraged to research and review current categories before creating new categories. You can see visit Help:Search for Duplicates and Related Articles to find out more about doing a power search for your desired category. Empty categories aren't helpful to site visitors. Time has shown that collaborating on the expansion and specificity of the category system is beneficial because it informs other editors of new categories and helps uncover current, under-utilized categories. Categories are no substitute for linking between articles, and adding them actually complicates things more than it helps because site visitors will run into a category page that lists only one link and leave the site frustrated.

If you have a recommendation for a subcategory you should feel free to start a discussion on one of the already existing core category pages about your idea. This is a good way to get the ball rolling.