KOKO Briefs

September 24, 2007
KO vis-à-vis KM
Facets and Tags
The Kingdom of Taxonomy
Busch and Clarke on Taxonomy

Information Architects promote Metadata and Ontology
Information Management Through the Ages


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KOKO Briefs

September 21, 2007
DC 2007. Singapore, 27-31 August, 2007: Application Profiles and their Application in Practice

Social Tagging and KO Formalism


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Taxonomy Under Attack

September 8, 2007

conflictWe have noted on other occasions that ‘formal taxonomies’ are under attack from various quarters. Presumably, classification schemes, thesauri, subject heading lists, authority files are equally destined for the scrap heap, as far as their detractors are concerned. Here’s what a recent blogger had to say [full post]:

“Traditional knowledge management relied on the skill of a privileged team of “knowledge architects” a priori defining information taxonomies, which organisations had to try and conform to in their day-to-day information creation and searching activities. The problem is that information is very rarely the kind of beast that’s happy to be tamed and confined within static structures: its structure and importance morph over time.”

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ISKO Theme: Social Tagging

April 27, 2007

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Tags Networks Narrative, an “Interdisciplinary application of experimental social software to the study of narrative in digital contexts” is a unique speculative project exploring the potential for collaborative keyword tagging (folksonomy) in narrative research. We want to know:

  • What kinds of collaborative social network tools are available for the gathering and classification of information?
  • Which researchers are making online narratives the focus of study, and how are those projects categorised by discipline?
  • How can these researchers make effective use of social network tools to share knowledge and develop interdisciplinary collaborations?

The project is based in the Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT) at De Montfort University and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board from October 2006-September 2007. The Project Team comprises Professor Sue Thomas, Simon Mills and Bruce Mason.

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Facet analysis and Semantic Web: Musing of a student of Ranganathan

April 26, 2007

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Librarians knew well that to be successful, at least three important tools are needed for an information system of the type they were handling. They are:

  1. Data element directory (Cataloging Manual)
  2. Classification Scheme (unfortunately in the West only monolithic, enumerative, voluminous variety was known, unlike in India where classification scheme was almost synonymous with faceted classification scheme) for categorization of the documents; and
  3. Thesaurus (vocabulary control tool) for consistent indexing (assigning index terms) that complemented the pitfalls of the enumerative classification scheme in not being capable of representing the subject of the document coextensively and completely, and brought in the faceted model as it was a compilation of uni-terms standing for uni-concepts. [Prof. Fugmann has cautioned about the pitfalls of using thesaurus alone for information retrieval

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Teleconference roundtable "Bridging the gap between folksonomies and taxonomies"

March 31, 2007

Link courtesy of Jan Wyllie:

A roundtable on 17 May 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Eastern), 8:00 am – 11:00 am (Pacific) via teleconference
Bridging the gap between folksonomies and taxonomies”

“Is it possible to combine the creativity of “social tagging” with the rigor of professional document indexing? In this teleconference roundtable, Bradley Allen will do a joint presentation with Rafael Sidi of Elsevier Engineering Information about a system that lets metadata managers associate author-generated keywords with terms in a controlled vocabulary and lets users use the results for search.”

Study on tagging behaviour on Flickr

March 29, 2007

Pauline Rafferty and Rob Hidderley are currently working on a small scale study of tagging behaviour on Flickr, using Jakobson’s model of communicative functions as a framework through which to analyse the empirical data. The aim of the project is to determine whether tags assigned to images are informational in function, or appear to be operating in respect to other communicative functions.

Pauline is an ISKO UK member and we hope to hear more about this study at the next ISKO UK open meeting in September.