#Rhizo14: You Don’t Use Diigo?

Last night at our first unhangout Dave Cormier admitted that he hadn’t much cottoned to Diigo as a digital tool.  I think Jaap must’ve been surprised too because he responded in our Rhizo14 Diigo Group, a screenshot taken with Diigo below.

So now I am in Diigo, what do I do with Diigo- - Diigo Groups


I have rarely been able to get people to play with me on Diigo.  For example, in line with our topic this week of cheating I suggested to Jaap above that we find a post or article to share (via Diigo) and highlight and annotate it as our Diigo Group Rhizome14.  After we had done the group annotation we would extract them (one click with Diigo) and then write up an individual post where we would not attribute each others notes.  All for one and one for all.  When we had completed our individual posts we could then debrief and describe how it felt to ‘steal and cheat’.  (My guess is that it would feel pretty satisfying.)  Then we could mark up our work with color highlights to indicate who ‘owned’ what and see how that felt.

I live in constant fear that Diigo will go under.  It is a multi-tool of the mind.  The more I use it, the more I find uses for it.  Classic sign of a good tool. So…

I suggest we take a close look at Dave’s 2008 article on rhizomatics here and annotate it.   Then we can share our notes in common, write a post/poem/digital object/video/podcast in response, and then reflect separately (posts with twitter hashtag) and together (google hangout on air).  I am happy to provide resources and help to prime the pump here.

In the spirit of play, any givers, any takers?

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    I use and love Diigo! I didn’t know one could do group annotations, though. Is that by setting one’s annotations to “public” rather than “private,” or is there some other way? I also haven’t used the annotation export option before. So there’s more to it than I knew, which is way cool.

    I’d love to say I can participate in annotating the article and blogging afterwards, but so far I’ve been way too busy with my regular work to do much of anything but read others’ posts and comment on them. So I can’t promise anything. But if it happens, I’ll try to join in by at least adding annotations!

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      It is pretty easy to do group annotations, but you have to join a group. I looked in the group membership for Rhizome 14 and saw you there as a moderator. Since you are a member when you go to Dave’s post (make sure you are signed up to Diigo) all you have to do is highlight, annotate, and then in the little scrollbar that defaults to “Private” you should see “Rhizome14” in there along with any other groups you have created or joined along the way. (Diigo also has educator accounts and dashboards for working with classes.) Click on that group and it will become visible to everyone in the group. I will do an update later and show everyone how to extract annotations. Firefox used to be the best browser for Diigo, but a recent update really makes Chrome its equal.

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    Just sent my note to Jaap about getting into the group. I like the idea of group annotations on a common text.

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      Great, Kevin. I suggested one of Dave’s early articles as a start, but I am open to other choices. Something short, something long, something rhizomatic, something not so long?

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    I went in last night and began my annotation, Terry. The article was great, grounding some ideas for me. I think I’ve used Diiigo this way with you more than with anyone else (surprise) and find it powerful. I suspect there is a limit load, though, where there might be too many people on one document? Could be wrong. What I really like is how reading your comments and Jaap’s comments made your thinking visible to me. I could hear your brains working, and that got my brain working (I think.)
    Thanks for leading me forward into annotations again.
    PS — I am stopping back here for my #nerdlution resolution of leaving 50 comments on 50 blogs over 50 days. There are only a few more days left.

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      Yes, and the next step is one I have never done with diigo–take the annotations and create something with them. Google Hangout? Soundcloud podcast? Zeega/Weavly? Readlist? Blog Post?

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    I never thought of using Diigo this way. Thanks for suggesting this exercise. I’ve added a few sticky notes and highlights to discover how it works. Looking forward to seeing the compiled result – no idea how to collect the annotations.
    Question: How do you add group highlights? My own highlights show up as “Personal highlight by Wayupnorth, shared to group Rhizome14.” but I see others’ highlights as “Group highlight by (userName), shared to group Rhizome14.” Or will other diigo users each see their own as “Personal” and the rest, including mine as “Group” hilights?

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      I think it is exactly as you surmise. We see from our own ‘stance’ private and we are told that others have highlighted as well, group. I suggest a collaboration. You pick the article and we will both share. Write a post afterward about the article and the collaboration?

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