Thursday, May 16, 2013

Taxonomy Networking Opportunities and Programs in San Diego, June 2013

The SLA Taxonomy Division is offering networking opportunities in San Diego, a full day continuing education session, and a full slate of sessions that cover a taxonomy project from the initial development to applying a taxonomy to content. Our no-host dinner is open to anybody interested. Discount registration for the rest has been extended to April 19.

Saturday, June 8th:
  • Continuing Education Workshop: Introduction to Taxonomies - Full day, including lunch
  • No- Host Dinner-  6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Open to anybody in the area who’s interested,  Contact Ben Licciardi,,
    for details and RSVP.

Sunday, June 9th:

  • Starting a Taxonomy Project - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Selecting a Taxonomy Management Tool - 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Enhance Your Records Management Program with Taxonomy  - 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, June 10th:
  • Taxonomy Business Meeting and Taxonomy Disaster Stories - 8:00 - 9:30 a.m
  • Organizing Knowledge (Spotlight Session) - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  
  • How to Apply Your Taxonomy to Your Content - 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Open House – Networking event – 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11th:
  • SharePoint Speed Dating: Tips and Techniques from the Pros - 2:00 p. m. - 3:30 p.m.

If you need more information, please see the taxonomy division wiki or the SLA 2013 program information section for more information.   

Registration Information:

For more information on conference registration please see the SLA website. 
About Taxonomy Division:
The Taxonomy Division addresses ways to organize and structure information so that content is accessible and useful. It offers a practical context for exploring issues and sharing experiences related to planning, creating and maintaining taxonomies, thesauri, authority files, and other controlled vocabularies and information structures. If you are interested in learning more about the division or joining us, please check out our website, where we have information about upcoming events. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

23 Mobile Things: Week 2: Taking a Photo with Mobile Device

I will be the first to admit that I have never been a huge fan of photo sharing services. I downloaded Instagram when it was barely post-beta and promptly deleted my account after taking a fews photos. I am not a great photographer and it is not generally the lens through, which I see the world. However, since I haven’t been back to Instagram in years I thought I would try to the service again this time in its post-Facebook acquisition phase

I downloaded the app for my iPhone signed up for an account, looked through the application features, and finally took a quick shot of my “library”.  The service has remained the same (photos + funny filters + social stream = social network) since I first tried the service back in the early days. While I think the application user interface is superb I don’t like the search features, and I find this to be a service that doesn’t fit into my information lifestyle. 

The service that resonated more with me as a user is Flickr. I downloaded the application Yahoo released during the traumatic period shortly after Instagram was bought and updated its terms of service. I hadn’t used Flickr prior to the mobile application and thought it was a great service that provided the fun element from Instagram (i.e. filters) with a more serious photo repository. As a test I used Flickr consistently for family vacation with mixed results. Uploading photos directly from the application gobbled up bandwidth and drained the battery. (Furthermore if you turn-on “upload on wifi only” to conserve batter life while a photo is queued for upload it will through an error when uploading, and you’ll lose the photo (even if you have save to camera roll turned on.) Not a great end-result though I put this down to user error rather than the service. Flickr also has a nuanced privacy setting which allows to select the privacy level at the photo level rather than have a single photo stream, which makes it better for storing and maintaining a photo library.