21.154 tagging in museums: steve.museum research

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 10:24:48 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 154.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007 10:16:23 +0100
         From: "J. Trant" <jtrant_at_archimuse.com>
         Subject: tagging in museums: steve.museum research

Hi all,

we've just deployed the second phase of the steve.museum tagging
experiment, at http://tagger.steve.museum

the steve tagger (a piece of open-source software) is a key tool in
our IMLS-funded study of the contribution social tagging and
folksonomy can make to on-line access to art collections. throughout
our experiment we'll be varying the interface of the tagger to find
out what encourages tagging, and we'll also be studying the results
of tags, to see if they are:

        - real words (we're using word net)
        - terms from our discipline (we're using the AAT and ULAN)
        - new to the museum (we're comparing to museum documentation)
        - appropriate to the work of art (we're doing term-by-term review).

we're looking forward to sharing the results of our study with the
community. If you'd like to participate in tagging, please come by.
[it's ok if you don't work in an art museum -- and ok if you do!]

        Go to http://tagger.steve.museum
        - create an account [this is important for our research]
        - Tag Art!

To learn more about our research, visit http://www.steve.museum



J. Trant				jtrant_at_archimuse.com
Partner & Principal Consultant		phone: +1 416 691 2516
Archives & Museum Informatics		fax: +1 416 352 6025
158 Lee Ave, Toronto
Ontario M4E 2P3 Canada		http://www.archimuse.com
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