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Tracking the Tiddlythesaurus

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The use of TiddlyWiki for the construction of a thesaurus in a LIS course on taxonomy and controlled vocabularies. (February 8, 2008) …

The use of TiddlyWiki for the construction of a thesaurus in a LIS course on taxonomy and controlled vocabularies. (February 8, 2008)

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  • 1. Tracking the TiddlyThesaurus Michael Adcock February 8, 2008
  • 2. What’s this all about?
    • Introductions
    • Talkin’ Tiddly
    • Meeting the TiddlyThesaurus
  • 3. Who am I?
    • 2 nd year MLIS student
    • Software developer in my previous life
    • Likes cool technology and gadgets
    • Took LIS 537 (Construction of Indexing Languages – the thesaurus class!)
  • 4. Who is TiddlyWiki?
    • Jeremy Ruston
      • spent 8 years using and working on Wikis
      • created TiddlyWiki in late 2004
      • founder of Osmosoft
      • recently hired by British Telecom
    • Active user/developer community
      • more about this later…
  • 5. Tiddly… What?
    • “ In the UK a ‘tiddler’ just means something small. So you talk about a tiddler as, like a tiny fish that isn’t worth keeping and you throw it back.”
    • - Ruston
  • 6. But what is it?
    • Concept
      • “ I describe it as a notebook, as an outboard brain, as a place you can put the stuff that matters to you and then do things with it.”
      • - Ruston
  • 7. But what is it??
    • Wiki
      • “ It’s a Wiki where the individual entries, instead of being pages, are more akin to paragraphs.”
      • - Ruston
      • This makes editing multiple entries easier, and doesn’t require flipping between separate pages.
  • 8. But what is it???
    • Technology
      • Open source
      • Single page HTML and JavaScript based tool that works on all major web browsers and platforms
      • Stores content back to itself
      • Integrated “plugin” management system
      • Completely customizable with CSS
      • Designed to run locally, but there are server-side implementations too
  • 9. But what is it????
    • Community
      • Very active community of developers and users
      • Numerous resources on the web:
      • Main: www.tiddlywiki.com
      • Tutorial: www.giffmex.org/twfortherestofus.html
      • TW Help: twhelp.tiddlyspot.com
      • Google Groups: TiddlyWiki , TiddlyWikiDev
  • 10. But what is it?????
    • Simplicity and Elegance
      • Everything is stored as a “tiddler”!
        • content
        • code
        • styling information
        • even core functionality can be replaced!
      • Integrated search system
        • simple Google-esque box
        • can search all tiddlers, or restricted set
  • 11. But what is it??????
    • Information Management Tool ?!?!?
      • Bob Boiko’s list:
        • Hierarchy
        • Association
        • Index
        • Sequence
      • Trent’s thesaurus characteristics:
        • Hierarchical
        • Associative
        • Equivalence
  • 12. TiddlyWiki Demo
    • Let’s take a look at the original TiddlyWiki…
    • http://www.tiddlywiki.com
  • 13. TiddlyThesaurus?
    • LIS 537 group project
    • (Amateur Astronomy Thesaurus)
        • Michael Adcock
        • Tim Shockley
        • Sonja Sutherland
    • Wanted a tool to help us construct and manage the thesaurus, since Excel and Soergel cards seemed lame and fiddly…
    • Convinced my group members to use TiddlyWiki, even though I wasn’t 100% sure it could do everything we wanted…
  • 14. Thesaurus Construction
    • Harvested terms from many sources
    • Stored harvested terms and source information in Excel (on Google docs)
    • Collected over 5,000 terms
    • Sorted terms according to frequency
    • Focused on top 600 most frequently used terms
    • Grouped terms into broad categories to aid in recognizing synonymous and related terms
  • 15. TiddlyWiki - Editing
    • Imported terms from Excel to TiddlyWiki
    • Features
      • Multi-user support
      • Term relationships represented as links
      • Automated cross-reference checks
      • Tagging (of terms)
        • identified preferred terms vs. lead-in terms
        • identified terms for authority list
  • 16. TiddlyWiki - Editing
    • Features (continued)
      • Indicated frequency of use in literature
        • used for generating term counts
      • Automated generation of:
        • alphabetical schedule
        • classified schedule
        • notation
  • 17. TiddlyWiki - Using
    • Navigation between terms (UF/U/BT/NT/RT) through hyperlinks
    • Easy full text search
    • Includes definitions and SN where necessary
    • Printable schedules
    • Includes introduction with hyperlinked example terms
  • 18. Under the Hood…
    • Modified several core tiddlers:
        • EditTemplate, ViewTemplate, StyleSheetPrint, SideBarOptions, OptionsPanel, AdvancedOptions, SideBarTabs, DefaultTiddlers, StyleSheet, MainMenu
    • Created a few custom macros:
        • notationMacro, listrMacro, changesMacro
  • 19. Under the Hood… (cont)
    • Created a few custom code/plugins:
        • BrokenLinks, Alphabetical Schedule, Classified Schedule, Generate Notation
    • Imported publicly available code:
        • BackstagePlugin, Blackicity Theme
  • 20. TiddlyThesaurus Demo
    • Let’s take a look at the Amateur Astronomy Thesaurus…
    • http://students.washington.edu/adcockm/amateurastronomythesaurus
  • 21. Additional Resources
      • TW Help
      • http://tiddlyspot.com/twhelp
      • TiddlyVault
      • http://tiddlyvault.tiddlyspot.com
      • tiddlyspot
      • http://tiddlyspot.com
      • BidiXTW
      • http://tiddlywiki.bidix.info
      • MTS - minitiddlyserver
      • http://www.minitiddlyserver.com
  • 22. References
      • Lots of TiddlyWiki resources online…
      • “ Jeremy Ruston sells out” - http://lewcid.org/2007/12/14/jeremy-ruston-sells-out/
  • 23. Thanks!
      • ASIS&T
      • iEdge (look for it in April!)
      • The support of viewers like you!