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Personal Names

Posted in Technology on December 29th, 2007 by darcusb – Comments Off

An excellent post (seen on Planet Gnome) on designing data models and forms for internationally-diverse personal name traditions. The author concludes by suggesting:

If designing a form or database that will accept names from people with a variety of backgrounds, you should ask yourself whether you really need to have separate fields for given name and family name.

He seems to be suggesting that it’s better to model names based on context rather than breaking them into pieces, something along the lines of what Ian Davis suggested for FOAF awhile back. Such an approach has the advantage that it’s really simple, and really flexible.

2collab

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1st, 2007 by darcusb – Comments Off

Somehow I stumbled on 2collab, a new social bookmarking site for scholars. From the about page of their website:

2collab is a social bookmarking site where you can store and organize your favorite internet resources – such as blogs, websites, research articles, and more. Then, in private or public groups you can decide to share your bookmarks with others – stimulating debate and discussion. Members of groups can evaluate these resources (by rating bookmarks, tagging and adding comments), or add their own bookmarks. You can browse public groups and bookmarks, but must register (your name and email address) to access the full functionality – such as creating groups, adding comments, and adding bookmarks.

FWIW, I haven’t the faintest interest in this service. It’s a publishsr-led effort, with no obvious open source development model (e.g. it is not free software), and some worrying terms and conditions. I’d urge potential users and developers caution in supporting it. There are better alternatives. If you’re looking forward to the next generation of such tools designed by and for scholars rather than publishers, look for Zotero 2.0. If you’re looking for a social bookmarking site now look into CiteULike or Connotea.