Blog posts tagged "nptech"

NTC Externally Opaque

March 28th, 2005

I wasn’t at NTC as I mentioned so I can only speculate on causes cultural or physical (e.g. ready access of wireless), but I’m struck by the difference between NTC, and this month’s various other tech convergences (etech, SWSW, PyCon). In particular it is by and large possible to at least follow the conversations unfolding at the non-non-profit focused events via a steady stream of blog report backs, subethaedit note steams, etc.

It would be going too far to say that it is as good as being there, as the communication is decidedly uni-directional with even the standard infrastructures of dialogue (email, blog comments, etc) being abandoned in their comparative paucity en masse by those attending in the flesh for the rush of face to face. But still, the information percolates, the simplest most concrete ideas spreading, and hatching into a part of the ongoing discourse, the wild dreams perhaps hibernating until a next fertile meeting of minds, or else quietly being incubated by some newly formed conspiracy. It is these ripples which make the impact, their weak effect magnified by their wide area of effect.

There was a great push this year to engage the wider audience, coordinated by the usual suspects via a wiki and persumably this week will start to see a more formal breed of report back from NTC. But its utter opacity for the two days during which it existed is notable, and so I’m noting it.

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Not In Chicago

March 21st, 2005

Won’t be in Chicago for NTEN/NTC. We’re going to be playing in North Carolina at Rob’s wedding. If you are going, you owe it to yourself to stick around till Saturday and hit Penguin Day.

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Tagging isn’t Classifying, And Other Uses of Tags

January 20th, 2005

People are still too stiff and rigid with their tagging technique. Loosen up. You don’t have to find the “right category” to put something into, that is part of the tyranny and inflexibility of a classification scheme that we’re trying to get away from. Don’t tell me what it is, the “truth” of it as it were. Tell my why it matters.

For example I use the tag “inspiration” to keep track of ideas I want to steal, or think about more on my various projects. (inspiration+redesign are my first notes towards a Magpie re-design)

Variations on toread, and *toread are in wide use as useful meta-tags, and a handful of people are using variants to track specific research projects, or tasks.

Marnie is experimenting with the tag nptech to build a community of non-profit tech workers, we’re using a different tag for the our anarchist tech work, and there are a handful of bibliographies being organized around a specific indicator tag.

And lastly don’t be afraid to build combos. One of the key ways tags work is the set logic of multiple tags. They’re your links on redesign inspiration, javascript usability, Boston bakeries, or Photoshop books. Much like with wikis, the meaning arises not from the individual components, but when you ram them together to indicate a single new concept. (and I won’t even make you use CamelCase)

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In the Bay Area Next Week

June 24th, 2004

I’m going to be in San Francisco next week (Mon-Fri) working out of the San Francisco office, and hanging out with Aspiration Tech and some of the smartest folks working in online advocacy. I’m hoping it will be a “CodeCon” version of Planetworks.

Days are mostly spoken for (and weekend I’ll be hanging out with the fam in Santa Cruz), but if anyone wants to grab coffee/dinner next week, drop a line.

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MLPs for a Meta-Web

November 24th, 2002

In the queue

Reactive Interfaces

Facetted Classification

Bottoms Up: Designing complex, adaptive systems, from the co-author of the Polar Bear book.
  • On: Why Yahoo inspired taxonomy build is a bad idea, that generates unusable results.
  • Says: Facetted classification is about changing questions. In taxonomy based systems the central question is “where do I put this?” but in facetted (bottom up) approch you ask “how do I describe this?”.
  • Facetted classification can also be thought of as a database where ” facets are fields, [and] controlled vocabularies are acceptable values.”
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