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automatic classification resources

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Following on from the controlled vocabulary resources, I dug out what I have on automatic classification.

Strangely most of the information available on automatic indexing/classification/tagging is pretty dated (although it has been a couple of years since I was immersed in this stuff daily). The most detailed stuff seems to precede the arrival of folksonomies and user tagging, perhaps the buzz around tagging sucked up all the available energy in the metadata space?

DM Review’s 2003 article on Automatic Classification is a good intro to the various types of auto-classification: rules-based, supervised learning and unsupervised learning.

CMS Review has a good list of Metadata Tagging Tools and a list of other resources at the end.

Taxonomy Strategies provide a bibliography on info-retrieval that includes automatic classification articles.

From 2004 there’s the AMeGA project and Delphi’s white paper ‘Information Intelligence: Intelligent Classification and the Enterprise Taxonomy Practice’. Download from Delphi’s whitepaper request form.

There must be more recent stuff that this. I’ll start gathering stuff on the automating metadata page.

Written by Karen

July 28th, 2008 at 6:23 am


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Went blackberrying yesterday with Mum & Dad in the Lee Valley park, up near Turnford. And yes, as countless dog walkers and cyclists asked us, it is a bit early for blackberries. But global warming being what it is, we still came away with 2kg of blackberries. If the number of green berries on the brambles is anything to go by, then the next couple of weeks should see a blackberry bonanza.


So my half of the haul was a 1kg of blackberries, earned from a half an hour ramble through beautiful woods with M&D. The walk is something we’d normally do so the blackberries are effectively effort-free. Tesco’s blackberries are on special offer at £1.99 for 150g so my tub of berries is worth around £13.

Mum will make jam but most of mine will become blackberry frozen yoghurt.

Written by Karen

July 27th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Posted in food,thrift

one at a time task lists

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I’m playing with a to-do app called now do this

“It’s an incredibly simple program: The site has a white page with a single task written on it (you can change it to your own tasks). Below the task is a button that says “Done”. Finish the task, click the Done button, and the next task on your list appears. When you’re done with your list, a refreshing “all done!” message appears.”as reported by Zen Habits

I like the single-mindedness of it.

Written by Karen

July 25th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Posted in gtd

i don’t want a slide at work

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Work Happy Now blogged about the Google slide. Now call me grumpy but I don’t want a slide at work. It is just a bit too try hard, too “Look at us! Aren’t we crazy!”. It reminds me of guys with comedy ties.

I would like a giraffe in our atrium though.

Written by Karen

July 24th, 2008 at 6:30 am

junior IA @ Defaqto

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2 month contract with Defaqto, no salary mentioned. Yet again junior means at least one year of experience.

“We require a Junior Information Architect to join the business, supporting
ongoing web site development. Working with the Senior IA, you will be
responsible for producing wire frames, sitemaps, user journeys / story
boards and user scenarios considering the usability of the client’s
Websites. You will need a minimum of one year of experience as an
Information Architect, preferably for a major agency”

from London-IA

Written by Karen

July 9th, 2008 at 11:35 am

Posted in junior ia

my homepage modules wishlist

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I’m very happy with our customisable homepage. There’s no sport anymore for me, weather has top billing, and science & history get more space than they used to. Wimbledon was a useful addition over the last fortnight.

What I want from future releases is:

  • A food box with a recipe search + the latest recipes + any reasons to celebrate with food that day.
  • The week on TV at 9 o’clock at glance. That’s the only time I really watch much so it would be good to see it all in one go. And I’ve only BBC1 & 2 anyway.
  • Gardening box with plant(s) of the day. Big shiny flower pictures, perhaps of something good to plant now and something that’s looking good right now .

But as we’re all about user centred design (well, most of the time!) my particular wants won’t decide what we get.

Written by Karen

July 7th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Posted in bbc

found objects of industry

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I love Found Objects of Industry for the folding beds and benches, the industrial labs and assorted paraphenalia. But mostly for this cabinet with the little drawers.

Yet another I want.

Written by Karen

July 6th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

Posted in past

book: How to be Free by Tom Hodgkinson

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Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson follows up How to be Idle with How to be Free in which he exhorts us to live simpler lives, get off the capitalist hamster wheel and indulge in a bit of anarchism. Jolly medieval peasants seem to feature a lot. As reviewers have pointed out, he does seem to forget an awful lot of the nasty bits about the medieval period.

And for Hodgkinson, governments are responsible for wars and taxes but he conveniently ignores the NHS (which is the bit that vexes me about all this self-sufficiency stuff…. I’d still quite like having highly trained medical staff around and I don’t think they want to be paid in turnips or with a nice tune on the ukelele).

I felt compelled to follow this up with Medieval Lives by Terry Jones, which evened things out a bit with a healthy dose of corruption, pestilance and violence.

Written by Karen

July 2nd, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Posted in books,happiness,past