Saturday, June 30, 2007

"The Cult of the Amateur"

I feel like I need to engage with this new book, The Cult of the Amateur, by Andrew Keen, but I have a feeling that it's going to be one of those books that I can't finish because I have to stop reading and rant every few pages.

But, from the reviews I've read of the book, it seems like Keen makes a few points that I ought to be able to counter if I'm going to propose that a people-powered ontology/folksonomy can underlie the Semantic Web. And I have a blog to rant on now! So I think I'm going to grab it next time I'm at the library.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Semantic Web 101

If you were one of the folks who read the first post and thought, "What on earth are you talking about?," this article is for you.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Welcome to The Folks' Web

Hello, world! Welcome to my blog. I'm Julia Bauder, a student in the Library and Information Science Program at Wayne State University.

One of my interests in information science is the Semantic Web (and the organization and retrieval of online information in general). This blog is called The Folks' Web because I've been kicking around some ideas about how to harness folksonomies to run the Semantic Web. I'm sure that right about now you're thinking, "That is the dumbest idea I have ever heard." (Unless you're thinking, "Folksonomies? Semantic Web? What on earth are you talking about?") For a while I thought it was a dumb idea too. But I wrote a 25-page paper last semester that convinced an old-school cataloging professor not only that it could work, but that it would work better than the rigid ontologies that most Semantic Web people think should be used. So stick around and hear me out. Or stick around and argue with me. Whichever you prefer.

I'll be updating this blog regularly with more about my ideas and with links to other stuff that discusses related topics, starting soon.


I have to give some credit for the existence of this blog to all of the great LITA folks at ALA Annual 2007 (especially Michael Habib) who have convinced me to get off my duff and get these ideas out there into the LIS world.