Ben Hammersley.com: More on Emergent Taxonomies: “So, with an Emergent Taxonomy you start off with the entry itself, and relate other entries to it – and you *don’t*give*the*category*a*name*that*influences*it. How you relate the entries can be anything – from linking to it, to referencing it with a trackback to encoding an xlink or rdf data that adds additional flavours of relationship. But either way, it’s just a one-on-one relationship between entries. And then, you just treat it like a social network, where the clusters are where the topics get more dense, and more defined. ”
Good thinking. Names (terms) are indeed limiting, that’s why we need so many controlled vocabularies and such. However, categories are how we think (see anything by Lakoff), which is why the topic approach makes sense: a topic can have many names (or terms), but it still is the same topic. I think the whole XTM topic concept (as copied in XFML) is still limited (in that it assumes topics as the atomic unit, where categories might be better), but they aren’t limited by names so much.
The new HotBot can be skinned with CSS.
Snark Hunting : America’s Favorite : Naming and Branding in Popular Culture: “Brands don’t have to conduct surveys to find out if they are America’s favorite, they can just trademark the name.”
Catalogablog: “There are several projects to add metadata to Web logs to provide better access to them. However, everybody seems to be working in isolation.”
heyblog: Adaptive Design and modular code: we live in a new world: hundreds of thousands of people are technology literate and have coding skills. Sony’s move towards wireless devices should recognise that and add in easy programmability – that may well be the killer app, not downloading Time Warner or Sony broadband content.
Phil Murray of the Knowledge Management Connection and me are starting a discussion list for practicioners of faceted classification: the FCD mailing list.
xSiteable 0.5 released: A CMS built around topic maps: “It has a simple Notation language for content called xSiteable Notation, utilizing for structure, binding and other assorted cleverness and the Sablotron XSLT parser for quick, reliable and powerful processing. Just run the xSiteable script, and you get a complete site out the other end, ready for deployment. Topics, associations and occurences, together with a mini-content management system and notation system, all wrapped up in one.”
heyblog: Faceted Classification, almost right: Andrew describes a project where he used faceted classification that turned out almost all right.
Content inventory tip 6: reduce strain on wrists by using keyboard shortcuts. On Windows,
– alt-Tab switches between windows
– ctrl-Tab selects url bar in browser
– ctrl-c is copy
– ctrl-v is paste
Boxes and Arrows: Our Favorite Books: Recommendations from the Staff of Boxes and Arrows. A great list, but a disclaimer of what the associate fees are used for would have been useful for community building.
Bliss Classification Association: a fully developed faceted classification system I didn’t know about.
tima thinking outloud. : Announcing MT-Meta: A Meta Data Plugin for MovableType. If I understand this correctly it uses the title text entry field to let you enter keywords. I am planning to get Taxomita to plug into MT on release 2.0.
I’ve used cloudmark for several months now, and it is no doubt the best anti spam software around. Their business model is brilliant as well: the consumer version is free, in return they get the collaborative anti-spam filtering of millions of people, and they sell the enterprise model that uses that intelligence. I hope it works out and they can keep the consumer version free, if not they’ll stand no chance against MS.
Carl Linnaeus, father of all taxonomy: “Before Linnaeus, species naming practices varied. Many biologists gave the species they described long, unwieldy Latin names, which could be altered at will; a scientist comparing two descriptions of species might not be able to tell which organisms were being referred to. For instance, the common wild briar rose was referred to by different botanists as Rosa sylvestris inodora seu canina and as Rosa sylvestris alba cum rubore, folio glabro. The need for a workable naming system was made even greater by the huge number of plants and animals that were being brought back to Europe from Asia, Africa, and the Americas.” (via Ben Hammersley)
My Google pagerank is now 7/10 (it was 6/10 a while back). I think it means that good sites link to me. Google ego striking :)
I updated the XFML software page and decided to put links ad stuff on XFML on this blog. The XFML.org page just contains official release announcements now.
And more reactions to Mark’s XFML post:
metaGarbage: “XFML is a new kid on the block and yet another metadata format, somewhat similar to RSS. I%u2019m not quite sure of what use it is to me at the moment, but there%u2019s a feed available.”
Sean McGrath :”Breaking out of rigid hierarchies with faceted classification and XFML. Doesn’t this look nice? […] I see a bright future for XFML.”
Mickblog: “This is an interesting variation on RSS/RDF. It allows you to describe your site in a much more categorical manner and allows you to create more poweful navigation aids. I’m sure it does much more but thats good enough to be interesting.”
G10.log: “My question to Has is, “how expensive would it be to implement XML, XFML into a site to make the site’s content accessible to anyone?” There are many companies that fall into the $10,000 and under price tag for a site, is it possible to build some of these “advanced” technologies into a site without dramatically increasing the cost?” How about, like, for free?
[BOT] Concept Dictionary. This is a set of topics and subtopics about drugs. Manually, a set of weigthed generating terms were added. A spider searches the web for stories related to drugs and automatically assigns topics to these stories. The end results gets exported in this XFML feed, which is the first known case of someone using the occurrence strength concept which lets you indicate how much trust you have in the occurrence. I say cool.
XFML (through Mark’s excellent post) is getting people thinking. The word imagine crops up regularly in these posts.
Heal Your Church: “Using a format such as XFML, or at least a much smaller node-like structure based upon an XFML element, the system then goes out and pushes the necessary information into our waiting queue, emails the appropriate moderator for final approval. No forms, no typos, no fuss, no muss. ”
Traumwind: “XFML, Lua and Traumtank
well, maybe not in that order… But that’s what is keeping me ticking these last days.”
Rowboat: “This has the data structuralist in me drooling! It’s like having that pile of Lego in front of me again!”
Column Two: “This is a really useful case-study that shows how faceted classification information can be converted into a range of navigation and searching tools, amongst other wonders. “
plasticbag.org: If I was a better geek, this article on XFML at diveintomark.org would be fascinating, illuminating and revelatory. Instead I stare at it in desperation, terror and confusion as the words change and resolve themselves in front of me to read, “Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb“. This is not the kind of thing I’m supposed to admit in public.
What I’ve been working on.: “I want to build a service that allows individuals to monitor, on a daily or weekly basis, all official activity of their elected officials in Washington.”
Quiver’s QKS Classifier: “We wanted to compare the results from a Quiver test with those of a manual process and a rules-based categorization tool. This article describes the results […]”. But the article is hidden behind a password. Frustration – they could at least give an overview of the conclusions!
Ben Hammersley wants to know about your current taxonomy: “I’m interested in how you devised the taxonomy…is it just random words, in a flat structure, or is it based on a tree.” Me too. Go to his blog and share!
Microsoft works to create back-up brain: “Researchers at Microsoft%u2019s laboratories in San Francisco are working on ways to create a %u2018back-up brain%u2019 that will record and catalogue every picture you take, document you write and conversation you record.
The researchers recognise, however, that the biggest challenge will come with deciding on how best to organise the material. They are currently working on developing a taxonomy that will accommodate the huge range of associations and relationships the material will require.”