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MW2007 gems: "no-one ever failed 'museum'"

One of the pleasures of editing the MW papers is actually sitting down and reading them all.

Illustrations for MW site and book

I'm working on production of the book and web site / CD for MW2007. Papers are on-line before the meeting, and in the hands of the delegates at registration. A big part of this is making screen-shots and line art work on-line and in print. Here's the process (for those of you whom I'm asking for 'better images').

ICHIM07: Call for Papers

International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meetings
October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Museums and Technology Workshop at CAJM, Toronto

people at the workshopDavid and I gave a workshop yesterday on 'Museums and Technology' for the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM). It was a last minute favour for a friend, that provided a chance to think about strategies for approaching technology choices.

Call for Papers: WWW2007 Tagging Workshop

WWW2007 Workshop:

Tagging and Metadata for Social Information Organization

Tuesday May 8, 2007, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Call For Papers and Participation

automatic linguistic indexing of images, compared to user tagging / folksonomy

terms assigned by aliperI've just been playing with another experimental image indexing tool, that's using image analysis to suggest keywords for images, called ALIPR: Automatic Linguistic Indexing of Pictures. You feed it an image file, or a URL to a web accessible image, and it suggests keywords that might apply to that image. You're then prompted to correct the suggestions, and add alteratives, so the program "learns" through user feedback and prompting.

@ ASIST SIG-CR - final session

Panel 4: Conceptual Frameworks for Social Classification

An examination of authority in social classification systems [PDF]
Melanie Feinberg (University of Washington, USA)

@ ASIST SIG-CR afternoon session on visual resources

My paper led this session

Social Classification and Folksonomy in Art Museums: early data from the tagger prototype.

J. Trant (Archives & Museum informatics / University of Toronto)

@ ASIST SIG-CR: second session

Exploring characteristics of social classification
Xia Lin, Joan E. Beaudoin, Yen Bui, and Kaushal Desai (Drexel University, USA)

- reference to his sig-cr paper in 1997 that talked about distributed indexing
- paper reports on work in doctoral seminar @ Drexel
- IMLS-funded project: interdisciplinary perspectives on information organization in the digital environment
- Is there a paradigm shift from traditional information organization to digital information organization?
- contrasts traditional/thesaurus (concept-based, static, domain-specific, constructed, independent of documents) with digital/dynamic (connection-based, dynamic, social-network based [ jt-same words ≠ social network] , large-scale, integrated document and concept space)

Experiments done in class
1. compare terms w controlled vocabulary

30 second madness -- poster descriptions

it almost worked ... poster presenters took 30 seconds each to say why we should come talk to them...

poster descriptions

  1. organizations need rules to keep them from imploding.

asking : Is faceted indexing the future of social tagging?

Three answers from to Joseph's question....

From: NowNow []
Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 11:45 AM Eastern Standard Time
To: Chun, Susan
Subject: RE: Is faceted indexing the future of social tagging?

@ ASIST SIG-CR workshop on social cassification in Austin - opening

I'm at the SIG-CR workshop on before the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Austin TX, listening to information scientists discuss Social Classification. Papers on-line at

Barry Wellman on the "Internet and Everyday Life": people who talk, talk!

Barry Wellman spoke last night at the University of Toronto about his ongoing research into the 'Internet in Everyday Life'. It was an interesting, but somehow dissatisfying presentation of some significant research into the role of communications technologies in maintaining social ties. If that doesn't sound like the 'Internet' to you, it's because it isn't.

Though Wellman casts his net widely, and talks about researching the Internet as a whole, his work focuses on e-mail (which when the first of these studies was conducted was the major source of traffic on the net). The most interesting set of statistics presented last night were about the inter-relationships between the use of fixed phones, mobile phones, email and SMS and how their use breaks down across type of social ties, and the distance between communicants. He found a group of people who are very heavy communicators, high users of all types of media. Communications technologies enable communication. Wow.