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Working at the lab versus working at home

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It’s drizzling and gray outside, which makes staying here and working
on my paper more attractive than trekking over to the lab. I’ll go
there after lunch so that I can call into IBM for the workshop
planning meeting.

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Random Japanese sentence: あなたのサイトは、猫に興味のある人達にとって魅力的です。 Your site appeals to people who are interested in cats.

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Research paper cramming

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My research supervisor has just strongly hinted that it would be a
good idea to get some kind of draft in by 2:30 PM. Now is a good time
to wake up and practically inhale papers…

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Random Japanese sentence: 「はい、でも私は、ただのみっともないねこでございます」と、こねこは言いました。「だから、あなたが、どのねこが一番きれいかと、お聞きになったとき、私は何も言えませんでした。」 Oh, I’m just a very homely little cat, said the kitten, so when you asked who was the prettiest, I didn’t say anything.

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Reading paper

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Just finished the first part of my reading course paper: Personal Knowledge Management for Web Bookmarks. 33 references, 4 pages of
actual text – that was some summarizing! <laugh> And it’s still nowhere near comprehensive…

Next step: Sharing!

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Stretch…

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh… Much work done today, so I don’t feel guilty about blogging and catching up on my e-mail before I go to bed.


Reading paper progress:
37 papers read today.
100 papers read total.
158 papers to go.
Not all of the papers are related, but still… good work!

See, this is what I should’ve been doing throughout the term instead of during one mad sprint near the end, but it really also just gelled together. =) Enterprise social bookmarking. That’s what I’m into. Mark should be happy. The vast majority of the papers I’ve read come from peer-reviewed journals, and they’re all over the place – collaborative filtering, cooperation, community, social navigation…

=)

I’m _so_ glad I’m okay with reading on a computer, and that I’m not stuck on some low-refresh CRT. A 10″ display makes for _really_ _bad_ _scrolling_, but it’s something. In an ideal world, I suppose I’d have a huge monitor just for things like this – but hey…

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Random Japanese sentence: 私たちは猫を飼っています。私たちはみなその猫が好きです。 We have a cat. We are all fond of the cat.

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Argh, now Consumating’s down

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So I’m just going to have to do this from memory, and without
screenshots. Mumble.

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Tagging people

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Boundary studies are nice for figuring out where something doesn’t
work and why it doesn’t work. I’ve been thinking about where tagging
and folksonomies break down for my FIS paper. Some of the cases I’ve
been looking at involve web services where you tag people.

Tagalag is a no-frills system for tagging
people. It doesn’t really offer anything in the way of immediate
personal incentive. In fact, the only thing you can do with it aside
from tagging people (e-mail address required) is put your XML feeds
together in an OPML list for easy aggregation. Very bare, and very few
users.

43people allows users to track whom
they’ve met and whom they want to meet. Popular tags include
occupation, gender, nationality, and location. Tags are also used to
describe characteristics such as “funny”, “glasses”, and “brilliant”.
This shows tagging as a clear faceted classification. “Find people
also tagged with…” makes it easier for people to search for
interesting combinations, and you can narrow the search to the current
city. Usual problems with keywords: “smart” vs “intelligent”, etc.
Particular problem: funny vs hilarious, relativity.

Consumating is the weirdest. It’s a
dating site with a much broader audience than the other two sites, and
you can tell that from the tags. The most popular tags follow the tag
profile of 43people, but the recent tags look like one-off tags used
for communication. That said, Consumating makes good use of tags in
conjunction with polls, prompting people to keep refining their
profile every week.

So: tagging other people is still a bit weird, but shows a bit of the
folksonomic piles-of-leaves flattened faceted classification. Tagging
one’s self, on the other hand, is more of self-expression, ad guiding
it with questions is pretty effective.

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Random Japanese sentence: すると、少し先に、またもう一匹、ふわふわした灰色のねこがめにつきました。そしてこれも前の二匹と全く同じくらいかわいいのです。 But then he saw a fuzzy gray cat over here which was every bit as pretty as the others, so he took it too.

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Information architecture summit: heavy on tagging!

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I can’t wait for the proceedings to
the Information Architecture Summit to be available online! =)
Whee! More scholarly papers to cite!

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