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From "Steven J. Owens" <>
Subject Re: Folksonomies
Date Tue, 04 Oct 2005 19:59:12 GMT
On Tue, Oct 04, 2005 at 11:43:45AM -0400, Dan Funk wrote:
> I've been reading about Folksonomies (
>, and I would like to incorporate
> them into a project I'm developing with Lucene.
> The concept is pretty simple, a targeted community of users add labels of
> their choosing (just off the top of their head, not from a list) to
> documents (or sections of documents) as a way of bookmarking them for later
> reference. I'll most likely keep the information in a derby database to
> begin with, and use it as personalization feature. It's not my idea, I think
> it originated with <>.

     I've been meaning to build something like this for a searchable,
annotatable mailing list archive, for years and years.  It's what got
me interested in lucene to begin with, then I got sidetracked into using
lucene for work purposes :-).  

     I actually started thinking about tackling this again, just this
week.  The main questions are generally where/how to store the
annotations, and whether I want to use lucene for the mail store or
use an adjacent sql database.

> In the long run however, all those labels should be pretty cool to play
> around with - it would be extremely interesting to write tools for analyzing
> what labels ended up where, which occur really often, etc ... and use this
> information to create a mutating browse feature. Identify oft-used terms and
> create categories, or possibly even hierarchies of topics.

     This is the part that's always fascinated me - the idea of giving
a community of users the ability to add metadata to the archive and
facilitate the evolution of new ways of using/looking at the data.
Steven J. Owens

"I'm going to make broad, sweeping generalizations and strong,
 declarative statements, because otherwise I'll be here all night and
 this document will be four times longer and much less fun to read.
 Take it all with a grain of salt." -

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