SLIC, SLAINTE and Web2.0

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An introduction to the Scottish Library and Information Council's Web2.0 services, including flickr, del.icio.us and pageflakes. Part of the Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland (CIGS) seminar "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore": metadata issues and Web2.0 services.

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  • This presentation is about how we are implementing Web 2.0 services into the SLAINTE website, what issues have arisen with regards to assigning metadata to resources and how we have begun to address these issues. SLAINTE is the website for both SLIC (Scottish Library and Information Council) and CILIPS (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), so it supports both individuals AND organisations in the library and information sector. In this presentation I will refer to these two groups as our community.
  • SLIC, SLAINTE and Web2.0

    1. 1. “ To confer, converse, and otherwise hobnob with my brother wizards”: SLIC, SLAINTE and Web 2.0 Celia Jenkins & Gillian Hanlon, SLIC
    2. 2. Why Web 2.0? <ul><li>Improving SLAINTE. Focusing on needs of community. </li></ul><ul><li>- Different ways of delivering content </li></ul><ul><li>- Encourages communication, participation & collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>- Enhances our resources </li></ul>
    3. 6. Tagging: Key features <ul><li>User generated keywords </li></ul><ul><li>No controlled vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Non-hierarchical </li></ul><ul><li>Folksonomy </li></ul><ul><li>No limit to number of tags </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting fields </li></ul>
    4. 7. The great tagging debate: part I <ul><li>Enables “pseudo-faceted classification” (Speller, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a bottom-up consensus view (Shirky, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptable to changing vocabularies (Mathes, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates serendipitous browsing (Mathes, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Combination approach (Pattern, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of tag consensus being reached (Golder & Huberman, 2005) </li></ul>
    5. 8. The great tagging debate: part II <ul><li>Synonyms and homonyms (Mathes, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Ambiguity of uncontrolled vocabulary (Mathes, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Specificity and the level of expertise (Golder & Huberman, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Longevity of tags (Smith, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Spaces and multiple words (Mathes, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal versus social (Mathes, 2004) </li></ul>
    6. 9. Tag chaos
    7. 10. The source
    8. 11. Tagging: flickr libraries group
    9. 12. Tagging: Library of Congress approach <ul><li>Flickr pilot commenced Jun 2007 – live Jan 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Two LoC photo collections added </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin Core records included </li></ul><ul><li>Tags applied by users – except “Library of Congress” tag </li></ul><ul><li>LoC flickr record </li></ul>
    10. 13. A delicate balance <ul><li>Scalability - high cost of applying LoC approach </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive issues - unlikely that users will tag to standards </li></ul><ul><li>Perception shift – not tagging versus cataloguing </li></ul>
    11. 14. Scottish libraries tag guidelines
    12. 15. The finished product: flickr
    13. 16. The finished product: delicious
    14. 17. Future developments <ul><li>Continuous development of tagging guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Building on existing content </li></ul><ul><li>Work in progress: pod/webcasting, Facebook, live chat and surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming legal barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with SLAINTE </li></ul>
    15. 18. Contact details <ul><li>References on del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation on slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>All available through pageflakes: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.pageflakes.com/scottishlibraries </li></ul><ul><li>email: </li></ul><ul><li>Celia Jenkins [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Gillian Hanlon [email_address] </li></ul>

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