Visual Community Segmentation

Community segmentation is going to become a growing need for large online communities where some parts of the community will not want to encounter other parts for various reasons, ether for content rating issues or because there is too much information from a certain part of the community that a member might not be interested in.

Community segmentation is going to become a growing need for large online communities where some parts of the community will not want to encounter other parts for various reasons, ether for content rating issues or because there is too much information from a certain part of the community that a member might not be interested in.
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Problems with Drupal and the way forward.

Lessons learnt from Drupal, taxonomies, hierarchys, modules and a new approch to content management.

Drupal treats taxonomies like any other entity and so you can have as many as you like. You then associate them with module types and when someone creates an instance of a new module (Node) they are given the option to select which term(s) (i.e. category) they want to put the data in. Modules can have more than one taxonomy associated with it. In reality all data is treated the same and the taxonomies make the bumps in the landscape. we had the problem that you couldn’t associate one bit of content with another but someone wrote a handy module to do this. It basically allowed parent child relationships between the data of different module types i.e. so a an ‘Article’ about a course could have ‘Events’ listed with it to book those courses. The interface became unintuitive because the admin had to make then both separately and then separately make the associating between the course description and the booking listings.
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There is no shelf

Summary of article – Shirky: Ontology is Overrated — Categories, Links, and Tags

Shirky: Ontology is Overrated — Categories, Links, and Tags

This article looks at ontology’s and compares traditional predefined fixed expert ontology’s with the current web trend of individually defined organically growing tagging of web content post-publishing that is becoming every more popular on the web.

It reviews the traditional methods and looks at how they are based on library’s who’s systems where designed to find a book on a shelf so a thus it had to have only one place in the catalog system.
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I’m into labels

Gmail has introduced a subtile change to the way we manage email and I think this is a revolution in information management on the internet. Its the dawn of the era.

I got a Gmail account. If you don’t know what that is, Google have decided to step into the webmail market, which is bigger than the search engine market apparently. Each account gets a 1 gigabyte of storage space and some other changes to the standard webmail interface.
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