While doing research for my two speaking engagements in November, I ran across a great article by Donna Slawsky on building a keyword library. The article discusses one of my favorite topics – aboutness in terms of identifying images – and also spells out clearly how and why to create a taxonomy for managing the keywords applied to digital assets.
The photo example supplied in the article and the findings displayed are accompanied by the astute observation that “people use different words to express similar ideas, concepts and even things.”
This is the main reason to create a taxonomy. Consistency in tagging assets begets consistency in retrieval.
Finally, the topic is summarized with some tips on creating the taxonomy – whether to take on the work in house or outsource to a freelance thesaurus developer. “Work on a thesaurus is never complete.”
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- Go over to Hack Lib School to read about iPads, and Kindles, and nooks.
- Will Dropbox simplify your life?
- Interested in who uses Widen’s DAM system?
- Has creativity killed the library star?
- What would Steve Jobs say about the library catalog?
A couple weeks ago a post by Seth Maislin caught my attention. In it, Seth talks about data visualizations and the need for explanation or interpretation to really understand and use the information presented. In the same way, perusing a taxonomy to establish patterns or identify gaps is often a murky pursuit.
Seth brings up an interesting idea of adding audio to assist in recognizing relationships and interpreting search query logs.
Simple patterns can be represented visually, but multifaceted interpretations might be better served using sound harmonies or vibration frequencies.
While these ideas may at first glance seem a little wacky, think about your own challenges making sense of the glut of data gleaned daily. Although this post is a bit science fiction, isn’t everything lately?
Here is another great website design for what looks to be an amazing art museum. With collections ranging from Bauhaus to Pop Art to a prestigious photographic collection, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany has a well organized and aesthetically appealing site.
Of interest to library types is the Art and Museum Library. The collection of books, rougly 350K volumes, at the Art and Museum Library of the City of Cologne covers the period from the Middle Ages to the present day with particular reference to publications relevant to museums.
- Read about favorite tech tools like Zotero.
- Wondering how to get started with iCloud?
- Want to know the top ten reasons getting an MLIS is smart?
- Can remixing content work in academic research?
- Are word clouds harmful?
BONUS DESIGN SITE: Kern Type, the kerning game
Microsoft’s Data Explorer is a a touch-sensitive visualization tool that will orbit around the new SQL Server ecosystem. Admittedly, Microsoft Excel has long been the tool used to manipulate and visualize data, but even Quentin Clark, Microsoft’s own corporate vice president for database systems, tells RWW in this article that using Excel for enterprise data is not really optimal.
Why? Because people tend to share Excel spreadsheet fragments, other people make changes, and the data eventually falls out of context with the database itself.Here is what Clark says specifically:
“It’s not so much that we don’t want Excel in the loop,” says Clark about a product his team doesn’t manage. “We want to give IT tools to make data sharable, so [people] can stop using Excel as the way data and information gets flowed, over e-mail… [and] ensure that SharePoint can be used as a sharing and collaboration mechanism, as opposed to e-mail.”
And that’s just the icing on the cake. Data Explorer allows sharing data through SharePoint too.