Mark Bower

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  • Blog Post: Better Intranet Navigation: Statistically Improbable Phrases

    On Amazon.com today, I noticed a feature that David Weinberger mentions in his book, but I don't think is yet available on Amazon's UK site. Books for which they have electronic access to the text have been scanned and effectively auto-tagged. These tags then become navigational aids to allow you to...
  • Blog Post: Taxonomy in a Digital World - Part 4

    Concluding my notes on Everything is Miscellaneous...A good read on the whole. Does a good job of summarizing the information management trends on the web today. If you are an information architect or consultant working in the field of knowledge management then I would say you should have a copy on your...
  • Blog Post: Taxonomy in a Digital World Part 3

    Continuing my notes from Everything is Miscellaneous . I have also discovered a video presentation of some on the main ideas from the book here . Chapter 5 - The Laws of the Jungle Here the author argues that the physical limitations of organizing information have put more power in the hands...
  • Blog Post: Taxonomy in a Digital World Part 2

    Continuing the notes I have made on Everything is Miscellaneous ... Chapter 3 - The Geography of Knowledge This chapter examines the Dewey Decimal system of classification. It shows how the system is skewed based on the 19th Century American-Christian views of its creator. The implication is that...
  • Blog Post: Taxonomy in a Digital World

    Amazon delivered me a copy of David Weinberger's Everything Is Miscellaneous at the weekend. I love the dedication in the front of the book "To the Librarians" which I sense is written with some irony. To his credit Weinberger manages to make a book about metadata and taxonomy interesting. I am only...
  • Blog Post: New Year, New Low Cal Outlook

    Every year about this time I archive off all of the email I have kept from the previous year into a PST file for safe keeping. In the past I have attempted to maintain a complex hierarchical folder structure: A customers folder with subfolders for each customer I work with; A Microsoft folder with subfolders...
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