I’m often asked about my process in creating taxonomies where no taxonomy has gone before (or they have and no ones talking). All taxonomists have little tricks they use to make the magic happen and this is one of mine. Books. Years ago when I needed to develop a language to describe patterns for a design house, I used a well-known patterns textbook called, Smithsonian Handbook on Gemstones, published by Dorling Kindersley. This book is organized nicely and visually appealing, thus doing the double duty of helping you create a taxonomy and providing a good resource for content creators to reference when they need to start tagging content. 4. Authoritative source: In general I look for books that are published by thought leaders in that particular subject area or resources that are heavily referenced in that field of expertise. The Amazon “customers who bought this also bought” is also extremely… Read More »
The MAC OS Automator is the swiss army knife of tools, just take a look at these “10 Awesome Uses for Automator” and I often wonder how I lived without it. In my line of work, sometimes I need to extract a list of filenames contained on a CD or a directory and dump them into a text file for analysis. Lucky for me the automator makes this task super easy and painless. You too can enjoy this in 6 easy steps. Step 1 Fire up Automator and select File > New > Custom Step 2 Create your Automation by dragging commands, called actions, into the Automator workspace starting with “Ask for Finder Items”. Step 3 Drag over “Get Folder Contents” from the Action list to the automator workspace. For my purposes I usually check the “Repeat for each subfolder found” depending on how deep you need to go, but… Read More »
http://www.thefoundbin.com/ Ok, being someone who has loved and lost and loved again, I love the idea of this website. However the only way for it to be truly useful is to have a VERY wide user base. I tried doing a few random searches, but nothing came up. However, I still really appreciate the idea behind this website and would love to see it grow and become more widely used. A good way to possibly start to widen that user base would be to work directly with the chamber of commerce in different cities across the globe and encourage them to incorporate the use of this tool into their own lost-n-found system structures. A few media spots wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Here’s to hoping that some people are reunited with their favorite things.
Metadata and Taxonomies are my thing. I spend an awful lot of time drinking coffee and having existential dilemmas on how to categorize what the hell I do for a living.