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My del.icio.us tagroll

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I've been using del.icio.us for a while to track the websites that cross the threshold of my attention stream -- a lot of these sites have to do with researching technologial issues and political issues surrounding the Echo Chamber Project.

I thought that this latest tagroll feature would be a good time to show a snapshot of my brain.

I'm also phasing over to feedburner feeds where it sends my latest tagged stories out through my http://feeds.feedburner.com/EchoChamberProject RSS Feed -- which is the feed that will also contain my latest blog posts, video blogs, and all podcasts (both interview audio and community/technology audio).

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Joining a Folksonomy Community of Practice

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After a warm-up specification of Drupal functionality, I've started to map out the user interface that I need in order to productively collect collaborative input from volunteers, and then feed this gathered intelligence into the editing process.

I've discussed the mechanisms for this Phase 01 of development as being folksonomies, tag clouds, Drupal & Final Cut Pro XML.

Drupal already has some folksonomy capabilities, and the open source nature of the software allows it to be altered by computer programmers familiar with the open source scripting language of PHP, the open source database of MySQL or the inner workings of Drupal.

I've been interacting with a number of developers over the last couple of days, and I've found some potential leads for some help.

I also revisited Phillip Keller's post about the technical database details for the database schemas that are fueling social bookmarking tagging sites such as del.icio.us or flickr. Keller provided a lot of interesting insights for how to make Drupal's folksonomy implementation more scalable for the types of features that I wanted to include.

Keller's post led me to the del.icio.us mailing list, as well as to Nitin Borwanker's interesting tagschema blog that contains philosophical musings about the systems level database design issues for the flood of data technologists need to help manage in the 21st Century. Borwanker describes it with the metaphor of the 1 Billion Row Problem -- referring to the daunting task for managing a database that has 1+ billion rows.

On Tuesday, Borwanker announced that he's starting a special spin-off listserve from the del.icio.us list in order to broaden the conversation to other developing tag projects, and to brainstorm the best practices for designing the backend databases for large-scale tagging websites.

I joined this Folksonomy Community of Practice with the intent of finding some help in getting some feedback on some of my a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/phase01">Phase 01 ideas and to get some help in getting them rolling.

Below is the introductory e-mail that I sent out the listserve this morning. You can monitor the responses from a distance -- or sign up to the folksonomy discussion list yourself.

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A Pitch for Phase 01

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As a result of my little Drupal tag cloud PR blitz this afternoon, a Drupal developer asked me to pitch some features to him for a development contest that he's entering.

I threw together an elevator pitch for technogeeks of Phase 01

Here it is:

A quick metaphor would be to say that I need del.icio.us-like capabilities within Drupal.

But the way I'd pitch it would be to say that I need a toolkit for Swarm Intelligence Journalism by collecting third-party metadata on soundbite Drupal nodes so that I can collaboratively edit my investigative documentary film about how the mainstream media became an Echo Chamber to the countdown towards war in Iraq.

If I had the Phase 01 toolset that I'm proposing, then I could start to tap into the collective intelligence of a set of diverse volunteers by making their subjective interpretations of politcal material more explicit through folksonomy tag clouds.

By associating pro-war and anti-war identities to third-party del.icio.us-like folksonomy tags on my politically contentious soundbites, then this tool could be used to bring about a deeper understanding to the common ground and points of departure between polar opposite poltical worldviews.

Incorporating this Phase 01 toolkit into Drupal will also facilitate collaborative film editing capabilities within Drupal by using the Final Cut Pro XML interface.

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Automatic Media Enclosures at del.icio.us

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The social bookmarking site of del.icio.us announced on their blog earlier this week that they are now automatically detecting media files and adding invisible "system:filetype:" tags to the post.

Bookmarked items in del.icio.us that end in one of a number of filetypes will now automatically get some system tags added. You can use these just like normal tags. RSS feeds that have one of those system tags added will automatically become a rss-with-enclosures file.

What the does this mean in English?

Let's start from the beginning to show how this latest development is going to further democratize the media by giving people more and more choices for how they consume their information and media diet...

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Categorizing Drupal Posts with Folksonomy Tags

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I've been categorizing all of my blog posts with folksonomy tags over the last couple of days. You'll notice categories listed next to the time stamp of each post now.

This will definitely help people surf around the site more efficiently and find posts on topics that interest them.

I've decided to go with a pure folksonomy for now -- which basically means that I'm categorizing posts by typing in the tag name instead of selecting a category from a pre-determined pull-down list of taxonomy terms.

This is a lot more flexible and allows the categories to evolve natrually since I can make up new categories on the fly.

These tags are treated as the normal taxonomy within Drupal which means that you can click on the "Folksonomy" category at the top of the post, and you'll be taken to the http://www.echochamberproject.com/taxonomy/term/21 page where you can see all of the blog posts or entries that I or anyone else have categorized as "Folksonomy."

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Productivity and Getting Things Done

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I started seeing a web meme pop up on del.icio.us/popular called "GTD." Then PR blogger Steve Rubel wrote up a blog post about GTD explaining that it is from David Allen's Getting Things Done productivity system.

I know next to nothing about Allen's actual system except for his work seems to really resonate with people since Rubel is reporting on its grassroots success. I think people inherently want to be productive and feel like their work gives them meaning and significance in their lives. But trusting the Wisdom of the Crowds, I'd guess that Allen is probably on to something.

Anyway, I'm still experimenting with how to be transparent and yet use this site to productively get work done. I've been writing blog posts with what I intend to accomplish each day...

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Using Folksonomy to Edit Film

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I've been experimenting with folksonomy tags in Final Cut Pro to help edit a short video discussing how technology is changing politics, media and culture.

This is a proof-of-concept for my plan of importing tags into FCP that are provided by volunteers via a Drupal infrastructure -- the 42 hours of The Echo Chamber footage will be broken up into textual soundbites so volunteers can add tags in a del.icio.us-like manner.

I took the 2.25 hours of interviews with 13 leaders of the new media movement, and I boiled it down to around 45 minutes of quality sound bites.

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Journalism Insights from Intelligence Analysis

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Blogging is forcing the decentralizion of the media and politics, and the National Security establishment is going through a very similar revolution. The critical difference is that the intelligence agencies don't have to worry about sustaining business models, and they're getting a ton of research and development money to figure out how to use the latest technological insights from the blogosphere in order to better gather data, analyze it and disseminate actionable judgments.

Speaking about the future of the media, Lance Knobel said, "For success, you need to be constantly finding new ways to do things. That’s where we are with media today."

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del.icio.us is the New AP

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I've been getting a lot of great insights from http://del.icio.us/popular -- It's almost like a community weblog that tracks the attention stream of the pioneering technologists. This site essentially documents the collective consciousness of the tech savvy geeks and nerds. It's a way of tracking the buzz of innovation before it hits the mainstream media.

del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site where people keep interesting URL's in a filing cabinets of card catalog-like keywords -- aka tags. It's a metadata brain dump filled with subjective context.

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