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+    Where My Stitches At?    Information and Community on Ravelry.com    Meredith Slota | LIS 530    March 14th, 2013
+  What is  Ravelry.com?
+    Ravelry.com    Ravelry.com: http://www.ravelry.com
+“niche markets…”“micro-transactions…”“a site where financialand social economiesco-exist…”(Humphreys 2009)               ...
+    Bias in the System    [And some self-identified leanings…]       EN and USA-centric       “Fiber Arts” vs. knitting...
+  But what  does it do? Hint: it’s an information system first!
=?
+     Yarn Information in Ravelry.comhttp://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/tscartyarns-tranquility
+    Unique IDs + Faceted Metadata = <3
+    Unique IDs + Faceted Metadata = <3            ✓           ✓           ✓           ✓           ✓           ✓          ...
+    Ok, So Now What?
+    Metadata = Faceted Search!
+  What about the  PATTERNS?!
+    Unique IDs + Faceted Metadata = <3           ✓           ✓           ✓           ✓           ✓                  ✓    ...
+    Controlled Vocabulary                                                       Sub-Category    Craft       Availability ...
+    CV = Access Points                                                       Sub-Category    Craft       Availability    ...
+    Tags = Descriptive, Instructional
+    “Hover” Helps!                               [fake hover, real text]                      components or elements that...
Awesome Data+  + Usage Stats  = Browsing Magic
+    Static + Dynamic Metadata = !!!
+    Leveraging User Data for +++UX
+    Metadata = API = APPS!
+  Is this the perfect  information system? It seems like you really like it, so …
+    Well, no.       Duplicate entries exist!       Errors happen!       Worst of all? PATTERNS GO        MISSING.    ...
+    Say Again?       What?           Ravelry.com organizes yarns and patterns into a giant database.           Domain ...
http://nataliedee.com/
+    The End
LIS 530 Ravelry.com as an Information System
LIS 530 Ravelry.com as an Information System
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  1. 1. + Where My Stitches At? Information and Community on Ravelry.com Meredith Slota | LIS 530 March 14th, 2013
  2. 2. + What is Ravelry.com?
  3. 3. + Ravelry.com Ravelry.com: http://www.ravelry.com
  4. 4. +“niche markets…”“micro-transactions…”“a site where financialand social economiesco-exist…”(Humphreys 2009) “The best social network you’ve (probably) never heard of…” –Slate.com http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/07/a_tightknit_com munity.html
  5. 5. + Bias in the System [And some self-identified leanings…]  EN and USA-centric  “Fiber Arts” vs. knitting and crochet?  Broader category includes spinning, weaving, etc.  Inconsistent message throughout  Affects search functionality, etc.
  6. 6. + But what does it do? Hint: it’s an information system first!
  7. 7. =?
  8. 8. + Yarn Information in Ravelry.comhttp://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/tscartyarns-tranquility
  9. 9. + Unique IDs + Faceted Metadata = <3
  10. 10. + Unique IDs + Faceted Metadata = <3 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
  11. 11. + Ok, So Now What?
  12. 12. + Metadata = Faceted Search!
  13. 13. + What about the PATTERNS?!
  14. 14. + Unique IDs + Faceted Metadata = <3 ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓
  15. 15. + Controlled Vocabulary Sub-Category Craft Availability Category Weight Fiber (i.e. of Clothing) Knitting Free Clothing* è Coat / Jacket Thread Acrylic Crochet Purchase Online Accessories Dress Cobweb / 1 ply Alpaca Purchase in Print Home Intimate Apparel è Lace / 2 ply Angora Ravelry Download Toys and Hobbies Leggings Light Fingering / 3 ply Bamboo Pet Onesies Fingering / 4 ply Bison Components Pants Sport / 5 ply Camel Robe DK** / 8 ply Cashmere Shorts Worsted / 10 ply Cotton Shrug / Bolero Aran / 10 ply Hemp Skirt Bulky / 12 ply Linen Sleepwear Super Bulky Llama Soakers No weight specified Merino Sweater è Metallic Swimwear Microfiber Tops è Mohair Vest Nylon Other Other Plant Fiber Polyester Qiviut Rayon Silk Soy Tencel *è indicates a sub-category Wool **Double Knit Yak
  16. 16. + CV = Access Points Sub-Category Craft Availability Category Weight Fiber (i.e. of Clothing) Knitting Free Clothing* è Coat / Jacket Thread Acrylic Crochet Purchase Online Accessories Dress Cobweb / 1 ply Alpaca Purchase in Print Home Intimate Apparel è Lace / 2 ply Angora Ravelry Download Toys and Hobbies Leggings Light Fingering / 3 ply Bamboo Pet Onesies Fingering / 4 ply Bison Components Pants Sport / 5 ply Camel Robe DK** / 8 ply Cashmere Shorts Worsted / 10 ply Cotton Shrug / Bolero Aran / 10 ply Hemp Skirt Bulky / 12 ply Linen Sleepwear Super Bulky Llama Soakers No weight specified Merino Sweater è Metallic Swimwear Microfiber Tops è Mohair Vest Nylon Other Other Plant Fiber Polyester Qiviut Rayon Silk Soy Tencel *è indicates a sub-category Wool **Double Knit Yak
  17. 17. + Tags = Descriptive, Instructional
  18. 18. + “Hover” Helps! [fake hover, real text] components or elements that are worked separately and either joined as they are worked or seamed together after completion; does not apply to color-work design motifs.
  19. 19. Awesome Data+ + Usage Stats = Browsing Magic
  20. 20. + Static + Dynamic Metadata = !!!
  21. 21. + Leveraging User Data for +++UX
  22. 22. + Metadata = API = APPS!
  23. 23. + Is this the perfect information system? It seems like you really like it, so …
  24. 24. + Well, no.  Duplicate entries exist!  Errors happen!  Worst of all? PATTERNS GO MISSING.  Lots of information!  Social network fatigue?  Restricted to registered users.
  25. 25. + Say Again?  What?  Ravelry.com organizes yarns and patterns into a giant database.  Domain experts and beginners alike use this very popular social network.  How?  Tons of user-generated data.  Associative relationships and controlled-vocabulary metadata + tags.  Dynamic usage information enhances user engagement.  Why?  Leverage an awesome information system for a better social experience and less frustrated knitters fiber artists.
  26. 26. http://nataliedee.com/
  27. 27. + The End
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