Collection databases Folksonomies Web 2.0

OPAC2.0 – Collection bulk tagging application launched

Today we finished our long awaited ‘bulk tagging’ application.

I’d encourage you to give it a go and send us some feedback.

We are particularly interested in museum professionals and amateur collecting organisations adding tags in volume to our collection. The application currently targets the user tagging of objects in our collection that have not been formally catalogued, or whose formal cataloguing data is not visible in the online database for various reasons.

Bulk Tagger is an experimental application to give quick access to tag multiple objects in our collection database from the one webpage. One of the key problems we have identified with social tagging of our collection is that there just isn’t enough tagging going on and although the tags that are added do have significant benefit in terms of making certain collection records more easily discoverable only about 3000 records have been tagged so far.

Bulk Tagger is currently being targetted at specialist user communities as a way of rapidly increasing our pool of user tags.

We are tracking tagging behaviour and tags added via Bulk Tagger are identified as such and can be quarantined from the mass public tagging if needed in future research.

Each screen shows five objects which have not yet been tagged. Users can add multiple comma separated tags to these objects and then submit them. Upon submission, another five objects will appear. Clicking on an object thumbnail will pull up more information about the object.

This is an early release experimental product only.

Concept and programming Luke Dearnley & Sebastian Chan, Powerhouse Museum.

Conceptual Imaging Web 2.0

Trends in web technology visualised as the Tokyo rail network

Information Architects Japan have produced a lovely and witty map of the most popular websites on the Net at the present time. Unlike a lot of other similar projects they have used the Tokyo JR network map as a visualisation method meaning that if you know the JR lines you can make further inferences about the ‘stations’ . . . If you have been to Tokyo you will know which are the ‘cool’ parts of town, and which appeal to different demographics.

The interactive HTML version is particularly useful, and they have included a whole slew of sites that are usually missing from other ‘maps’.

Social networking Web 2.0

Facebook group for museum web folk

Everywhere seems to be bubbling over with Facebook action at the moment – largely as a result of them opening up their system as a platform for developers. Most applications, so far, have been quite gimmicky but no doubt there will be some interesting ones to emerge in coming months.

If you have been pulled into the procrastination vortex that is Facebook then you may want to join the ‘International museum web professionals’ group.