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Monday, April 09, 2007

Deep Tagging

I imagine that all trainers are aware of the role video (and other visual media) should play in helping learners grasp concepts and skills. Now that so much video is available on the Web, having an efficient way of locating relevant material is of obvious importance.

Tagging has been a great boon, as it allows people to categorize video clips in ways that are meaningful in various contexts, including training.

But what about a video that relates to a number of topics? Yes, you can attach a group of tags that reflect the multiple topics, but this approach is relatively crude compared to deep tagging.

Deep tagging, enabled by special software, allows you to attach a tag to a segment of video and to link directly to the start of the segment in question.

For an example of how deep tagging can be used in training, you can have a look at this post by Doug Fox in which he talks about educating dance audiences. Since dance is a thoroughly visual art form, it has much in common with any business task or process that is learned most readily by watching and simultaneously having an expert talk about what's going on.

Fox provides a list of software options for deep tagging at the end of his post.1
1 Note that Google allows you to email "deep links," i.e., links to specific points within a video clip, as explained here. You provide a URL link that includes a timestamp, presumably accompanied by an explanation of the significance of the linked segment.