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Re: [Koha-devel] Tagging in Koha OPAC

From: Rachel Hamilton-Williams
Subject: Re: [Koha-devel] Tagging in Koha OPAC
Date: Wed Oct 5 14:44:39 2005
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That's a very cool idea - how about flinging it out to the wider Koha list and see if we get some librarians excited about it as well?


Matti Lassila wrote:
A little feature suggestion to the future version of Koha OPAC:

While ago I read a book called The Power to Name by Hope A. Olson. In the book Olson proposes an user contributed classification system in library catalogue as a way to empower people. She critizises the bias found in subject representation found in library catalogues and makes a skectch of a system where users are able to make connections between books and add their own subject headings.

And look what we have today - The Library Thing (www.librarything.com) - an online service which enables users to catalogue their own books and add metadata, like tags, to the books, like in del.icio.us or in flickr. Just like Olson imagined.

I think that we should add the tagging feature to Koha as soon as possible. Then Koha could be the first tagging-enabled ILS and the publicity would be huge - great PR to the project and to the open source movement overall.

There's an open source tagging module Freetag written in PHP (http://www.freetag.org/) . It could serve as a starting point.

Best regards,

Matti Lassila

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has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

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