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  • Shareumentarian 4:40 am on April 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Delicious, Information Retrieval, , SemanticWeb, social bookmarks, Topic Maps, Web 2.0, Yahoo   

    Folktologies Tool: Tag Mapper by Fuzzzy 


    What is all the fuzzz about

    Why is it different from del.icio.us and other social bookmarking sites? Fuzzzy is not only social but also semantic. In fuzzzy Tags as well as their relations have more meaning. When tags are assigned a meaning using a standard like the ISO 13250 Topic Map then people as well as other computer systems can make use of the embedded knowledge in a more meaningful way. More on Topic Maps at Wikipedia. This way of categorising content is a middle way between the top-down monolithic taxonomy approach like the Yahoo directory and the more recent social tagging (folksonomy) approaches. It is also more collaborative and will help to build a consensus language that can improve communication and support knowledge sharing


    Messy or just fuzzzy?

    We call the mesh of tags a simple fuzzy common ontology (folktology) or a semantic tag cloud. Our folktology has a set of interrelated tags where each tag has a list of synonyms or aliases, a short description and relations to other tags. This makes the semantic tags suitable for categorization and can be used by various applications. The name fuzzzy comes from fuzzy logic in Artificial Intelligence. On fuzzzy.com we do not use the simple plain text tags which are common to many other web2.0 sites on the other side we do neighter adhere to more formal ontologies or description logic languages.


    Instead we employ a pragmatic middle way approach where we use Topic Maps and a simple model where users create a semantic network of tags that may overlap end even look a bit messy. The word fuzzy is here used to describe how tags can be inaccurate. Human knowledge and language are fuzzy, so creating an accurate tag set that makes sense to everyone of the world is impossible. Instead we let people create semantic tags as they like in a bottom up fashion. The resulting tag set will be a bit fuzzy but tags still have much more meaning than plain text tags. fuzzzy tags will lower the ammount of noise and there is a much greater chance you will be able to make sense of the tags and you might even learn something in the process of browsing tags.

    How is it different from other social bookmarking services?

    fuzzzy is not just social but also semantic, collaborative and to an extent democratic. Users collaborate on creating tags, linking resources and connecting tags and knowledge resources together. Tags can also have relations between them. The underlying semantic Topic Maps system enables global distributed tagging. This makes fuzzzy unique. fuzzzy also stands out from the crowd in that it is the first bookmarking site intended strictly for learning resources.

    fuzzzy future

    The system is developed in tandem with academic research in the fields of Information Retrieval, HCI, Semantic Web, Knowledge Organization, Knowledge Management and Knowledge Federation. We are continuously developing the system and we plan to do so the years to come.

    Our research is in stage one of three. Stage one consist of getting the portal up and running and establishing a community. Stage two will consist of tuning, developing democratic features and evolving the system in accord with the community. Stage three is all about hooking on the Semantic Web, integrating knowledge and making the knowledge within fuzzzy available to other Semantic services. The system platform developed and knowledge gained through this project will be reused on the planned Omniscious project.The aim of the Omniscious project is to provide an information infrastructure for collective wisdom and for collaboratively solving complex global issues, enable the creation and sharing of holistic knowledge.

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    • Alex 11:42 pm on April 27, 2009 Permalink

      Great writeup. Can people also look at or share the Topic Map fragments (XTM?) of a particular tag or cloud?

    • Robert Barta 12:28 am on April 28, 2009 Permalink

      Makes all sense to me. I have the same question as Alex: is there a way to exchange something with the service?

    • Roy Lachica 8:25 pm on April 29, 2009 Permalink

      The blog post above is a copy of the about page on fuzzzy.com. After the relase of version 2.2 of fuzzzy the core engine have been totally rewritten. Full XTM2.0 fragment support will be available in a month or two.

  • Shareumentarian 3:50 pm on January 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Delicious, , , , , , Markup Languages, , , , thinking, thought   

    Curiosity Evoked 

    The thoughts flowing through Neemee are enticing as individual calcifications of one’s journey through the web.  As enticing as they are, even exciting, there is always the question of where they came from.  The sources are there for sure but that’s not the origin I’m talking about. The curiosity evoked is not so much the original location of the thought but the origin of thought behind the thought; what was the thinking.  It’s impossible to get that perspective without some juxtaposition, without some counterpoint, without some connection.

    Neemee Collections begin to do that, collect multiple thoughts with some intended purpose, but ultimately the connections are implied rather than explicit.  To bring clarity to the multiple channels of thinking going on inside Neemee, rather in-depth thinking I might add, connections need to be made, visual connections.  The classification of thoughts within Neemee, the Ontological organization, occurs at the level of tags initially (tags have a greater purpose than mere identification) but through the convergence of the Ontological tags (Life categories, Maslow categories, Wave names) thoughts begin to cluster around common concepts: Technology, or Belonging, or Pop Up Lifestyle, or all three of these together.  It is this clustering of concepts that begins to create neighborhoods of conceptual meaning within Neemee.  Given the three Ontological tags, any thought can be grouped with all of the other similarly tagged thoughts.  This is at the neighborhood or conceptual level, now let’s look at the street and address

    The folksonomy tags, the words applied to a thought to define it, begin to zero in on the street and address of a Neemee thought. These folksomic tags:  tv, television, mobile, cell phone, verizon, mp3, gps, networks, att, broadcast, cellular carrier, qualcomm from the thought “Broadcasts to mobile devices to start in 22 cities” define the neighbors and inhabitants of the thought, but beyond that you have no idea where you are in the metropolis of Neemee meaning.  As neighbors do, the folksomic tags reach out to touch each other.  Clicking on “att” will bring you to all the other thoughts similarly tagged.  A complex web indeed, but to bring the meaning of all this together though, we need a way to visualize their connections.  This brings me to the outside reference of this blog post.

    Yusef Hassan Montero and Víctor Herrero Solana of the University of Granada, Spain have posted a visualization of delicious.com bookmarks that gives a tangible, and clickable, map of related posts.  I’m just going to give the link and let you check it out for yourself.  Once you’ve experienced it, I feel confident that you’ll see the value and power of participating in Neemee’s Folktology (Ontology+Folksonomy): Visualizing Social Indexing Semantics.

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    • nobboble 5:15 am on January 11, 2009 Permalink

      stuat…this is good stuff and needs to be on the neemee site… i’m passing it along to leslie and caitlin to set up….with the formal heading of you as the director of ontology… let’s get publishing…

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