I have this grand vision of collaboration. Where people who talk on the topic of Law can go to
http://blog.case.edu/topics/law and find others on the Blog@Case system talking about the same (or similar stuff). 47 people all talking about law, all posting under the category Law, and all discovering and collaborating with one another via keeping an eye on
http://blog.case.edu/topics/law, which presents itself as both a human-viewable HTML page and a syndicated news feed that people could subscribe to in their aggregator of choice or in the portal. This, obviously, extrapolates itself out to:
Everbody posting and collaborating and discovering one another and having a great time. So-called "Social Taxonomy" (or "Folksonomy") for the Blog@Case system just like del.icio.us and Flickr tags but for Blog@Case blog entries.
But, right now, there is not so much cross-pollination in the system. People post under categories, but there is not much overlap in what categories people are using — both in namespace and in semantics. You have the "General" (http://blog.case.edu/topics/general) and "work" (http://blog.case.edu/topics/work) categories that get some cross-blog-goodness, but as of right now, that is about it. You have other people posting under "Photos" while others post under "Photo's" or "Pics" or "Pictures."
The system may start self-organizing once it is noticed and people begin to use it, but I may need to perform some vicious data mining and language-stemming if it is to be of practical use. And, I hadn't really planned on doing that.
We'll see, I suppose.