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Folksonomy : a multi-perspective view

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Beneath the Metadata: Some Philosophical Problems with Folksonomy by Elaine Peterson

Nice explanation of the rationale behind the ’soul’ of tagging vs the traditional taxonomy

To quote :

Philosophical relativism appears to be the underlying philosophy behind folksonomies. Because of those underpinnings, it is possible to jettison the limitations of a traditional classification statement such as “A is not B”. In a folksonomy system, “A is relative to B”, because each item’s index terms will depend on the individual user and the tags he or she decides to use. A philosophy of relativism allows folksonomy to draw on many users with various perceptions to classify a document instead of relying on one individual cataloger to set the index terms for that item. Thus, classification terms become relative to each user. Certainly all individuals’ perceptions are influenced by their own experiences and cultures, whereas the professional cataloger, even if trying to be unbiased, has only one viewpoint. Yet to include all viewpoints opens up a classification scheme to the inconsistency that allows a work to be both about A and not about A. There is no question that an individual might have a personal, valid interpretation of a text. That is not the issue. The issue is that adding enough of those individual interpretations through tags can lead to inconsistencies within the classification scheme itself.


Some of the problems with folksonomies can be traced to problems inherent with relativism. The first is that folksonomy tags are not merely “messy”, they can be inaccurate. Because they assume a non-Aristotelian stance, the tags allow contraries to exist. If I tag an article with the subject “white horse” and you tag it “black horse”, that is all right since both can coexist in a folksonomy classification scheme. The problem with relativism is the question: “relative to what?” Each Internet user is bringing to bear on the item a different linguistic and cultural background. Although this is an inherent strength of folksonomies (since it recognizes many valuable individual perspectives), it can also lead to the existence of contraries. A folksonomy advocate might reply that this is not true since the tags are relative to each user. Yet, within the database itself, tagging allows an inconsistency to exist.

and more…

Every solution comes with a new set of problems, every empowerment comes with some form of chaos, stupidity of the crowds tag along with the wisdom of crowds.

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November 22nd, 2006 at 5:31 am

WordPress Enterprise Edition

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From : Read/WriteWeb

The competition with SixApart was stepped up today when Toni announced on his blog a partnership with enterprise RSS vendor KnowNow, for a new product called KnowNow WordPress Enterprise Edition (KWEE). It’s an enterprise version of Wordpress and comes just a month after SixApart

announced Movable Type Enterprise 1.5, which we profiled on Read/WriteWeb. Toni told me that KWEE is an enterprise package of Wordpress MU (the multi-user version of Wordpress) – with additional enterprise functionality bundled in. So for example KWEE comes with LDAP, Automattic’s spam solution Akismet and a stats package. KnowNow will market the product to their existing base of enterprise customers – and any improvements that KnowNow makes to the Wordpress product itself, will be released back as open source.

I asked Toni will it be a hosted service? He said it will be available as both a hosted service (by KnowNow) or customers can install it on their own servers.

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November 22nd, 2006 at 5:20 am

Posted in Social Media

Designing Interactions from IDEO

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Bill Moggridge’s of IDEO published Designing Interactions. It’s is a book and a DVD as well as this website.

You can browse by chapter as well as by interview. When you choose an interview, a small version of the segment from the DVD plays. You can also download (free) the chapter of the week together with the relevant interview segments from the DVD.

In the Book Bill Moggridge introduces us to 40 influential designers who have shaped our interaction with technology. The introduction and final chapter combine to describe the approach to designing interactions that has evolved at IDEO. The 800 page book is illustrated with 700 color images. With the book is a DVD of 37 interviews, intercut with examples of interactions.


Digital Technology has changed the way we interact with everything from the games we play to the tools we use at work.

Designers of digital technology products no longer regard their job as designing a physical object—beautiful or utilitarian—but as designing our interactions with it. In Designing Interactions, Bill Moggridge, designer of the first laptop computer (the GRiD Compass, 1981) and a founder of the design firm IDEO, tells us stories from an industry insider’s viewpoint, tracing the evolution of ideas from inspiration to outcome.

Moggridge and his interviewees discuss why a personal computers have windows in desktops, what made Palm’s handheld organizers so successful, what turns a game into a hobby, why Google is the search engine of choice, and why 30 million people in Japan choose the i-mode service for their cell phones. And Moggridge tells the story of his own design process and explains the focus on people and prototypes that has been successful at IDEO—how the needs and desires of people can inspire innovative designs and how prototyping methods are evolving for the design of digital technology.

Via : elearningpost

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November 20th, 2006 at 9:45 am

Posted in Usability & Design

Creating a color palette : some great free online tools

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Finding the right color palette is a daunting task for any designer – especially to an amateur like me. Here go some great online tools to help you out.

Adobe Kuler

- found via Digital Inspiration
An useful Flash application for designers to draft up a color scheme for designing. Adobe Kuler works completely inside the web browser – no downloads, no installation – but you can download colors schemes on your hard drive or share them with other designers. Start by choosing a base color either by clicking the color wheel spectrum or manually typing the RGB, HEX or CMYK value – Kuler will than generate matching colors for you depending on the style you have selected. You can refine the generated colors again by typing the color values or dragging the sliders or through the color wheel itself.

Ercan Cem’s Digital World pointed out another similar type of web based application:

The Color Wizard – Ver. 3.0


The Color Wizard is a color matching application for anyone who wants to create designs with great looking colors. The color wizard lets you submit your own base color, and it automatically returns matching colors for the one you selected.

It returns a set of hue, saturation and tint/shade variations of your color, as well as suggests color schemets to you, based on your color’s complementary color, split complementary colors, analogous colors and other variations. The color wizard also has a randomize function that lets you generate color schemes you might not have thought of on your own.

Also you can generate your own color palette by a low tech way – pixelate a photo

How many times have you sat down to start on a design and gone crazy trying to choose a color palette? What if you could just give photoshop a picture…

.. just fire up Photoshop®. Get your images ready and go to “Filters > Mosaic > Pixelate”. You might want to adjust the size of the pixels to get just a few colors or a lot of colors..

Here goes a nifty article / tutorial on Color Theory from

Why study color theory? If you are involved in the creation or design of visual documents, an understanding of color will help when incorporating it into your own designs. Choices regarding color often seem rather mystical, as many seem to base decisions on nothing other than “it looks right.” Although often told I had an eye for color, the reason why some colors worked together while others did not always intrigued me and I found the study of color theory fascinating.

And a great introduction to color theories in a great Flash animation : Colors in Motion

Colors in motion

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November 20th, 2006 at 5:09 am

MIT $100 laptop ships

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The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) $100 laptop 2B1 Children’s Machine laptop developed by MIT’s Media Lab has finally made it to the real world.


The first few hand-built units of this little machine made it from Taiwan to the US yesterday. It looks like a toy though – is it a laptop or Leapfrog 2.0?

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November 18th, 2006 at 5:30 am

Posted in Tech and Tools