Web 2.0 February 14, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in science.
As someone was pointing out to me at dinner the other night – I’m never one for getting information onto the blog quickly (or even first). So, in that spirit, I’ll now mention an article that came out on Physics Web a week or so ago. Heck, I’m even quoted in it, so it has to be good. It makes for an interesting review of various Web 2.0 techniques used in physics.
Tagging is one Web 2.0 social mechanism I’m fascinated by — if only because I use it so much to help catalog my pictures. Flickr is an example — the Seattle Sculpture Garden just opened. You can search the tags across all of the users to see everyone’s photographs. So, why not with physics papers? Turns out no one is doing this yet in physics — though they are in biology. The benefits might be that you could find out what other people had tagged a particular paper, and perhaps that would lead you to other papers you were unaware of on the same topic: experts tend to collect clouds of tags around their expert topics. Sadly, not yet in physics. I’ve already started tagging some of my download papers (the Vista OS lets you tag any file) to see if anything happens. But in isolation tagging isn’t nearly as powerful.