A short article on a study on how many terms users added versus the controlled vocabulary chosen for pieces of art. The discussion centers around the findability of items where 70% of the terms people use are not present. Usually the debate in libraries revolves around the noise or organization issue and seems to ignore the findability. Controlled vocabularies will always have their place, especially in inventory control. But for search and finding aids, folksonomy may play an important role.

If you don’t already follow Adactio I recommend doing so, especially if you have interest in social and/or semantic web stuff including microformats. He goes over solving issues with existing microformats with the example of death date which vcard doesn’t have. Instead of adding a field he uses hcalendar instead for the dates. I’ve been thinking of possibilities for catalog screens using hcard and hreview until a hcite comes around. I think the hcard and hreview would probably catch most of it.

Wesabe is a site i like alot. You upload your financial data and then tag, edit and rate things. There are community contributed tips that match up with vendors and tags which are quite helpful. They now have a REST API for the data you upload (which can be automatic) which means you really have an API to all of your financial data which could be a boon. I haven’t had time to play with it but I think there will probably be some cool applications coming out.

Casey has a good post about libraries not taking advantage of the network. I’m still a bit unpleased most consortia don’t have a web-service that would allow local catalogs to include results. Screen scraping sucks and the consortia probably loses half its usefulness by not having it.

A short post on how atom may be a better format for keeping track of updates in a repository. I also have the Restful Web Services book but have yet to start it.

A continuing blog post series on using OpenDS with Atom that looks like an interesting set-up. If you’ve been following APP you might want to take a look.

An speaking of hcite, Darcusblog has a nice post on citations with some helpful diagrams for anyone working on such a thing.