I was never attracted to the paintings of E. H. Hughes while I worked as contract art educator at the National Gallery of Canada. It wasn’t until I lived near his home for almost two years, in the Cowichan River valley area that I began to understand that his work was a highly detailed documentation of plants, trees, geological formations, waterways and marine activity — not an attempt to express the impression of the landscape from a tourist’s point-of-view. The ubiquitous greys of the island from November through March explain the colour-challenged palettes in most of Hughes’ prints. The original paintings are rare since most of them have been sold to a unique collector in Germany. But framed expensive mass-produced prints from the original paintings (which the vast majority of people in the age of Robert Bateman — and more recently high quality giclee1 — mistake for original works of art) are prominent, particularly in the places like the family restaurant in Duncan called the Dog House.

In Canada plein art painting in cold weather is possible but uncomfortable. This small acrylic plein air sketch was painted in a couple of hours on the windy escarpment at Edelweis Point. The larger version will portray the mountains more accurately. I often find myself fantasizing about knocking on doors of stranger’s homes-with-a-view to ask for three hours of air space to paint in the off seasons. Following in the paths of plein air painters I had made up my own rules that I followed for decades. I would not paint from pictures. But I moved a lot since then. Each new Canadian region offers new visual opportunities and challenges for painting. Even the qualities of light itself, its clarity, luminosity, is different from region to region. I spent a lot of time studying the patterns of waves on the coast of Vancouver Island. Now I am confused, overwhelmed by the mountains. I want to hike their trails and see them from as many angles as is possible with easy 5-hour scrambles. These days I take digital photos on our day trips in and around Calgary to ecological reserves, public parks or even roadside in Cochrane, Canmore . . . Now I find myself painting with a laptop open beside me so that my finished painting becomes a visual tool for memory work, another way of living in and visualizing my everyday world. I also used to feel that selling mass-produced prints was dishonest and deluded an ill-informed public. Now I am just happy to have available images whatever their source or quality to compare and learn: Flickr, Google images, Virtual museums like the National Gallery of Canada’s, reproductions, etc. There aren’t any overpriced framed Giclees of specific mountain peaks from our local shopping mall galleries hanging over the sofa at home, but I will study and compare them as another way of seeing.

As I refine tags and folksonomy in the virtual world, I seek out more precise multidisciplinary taxonomies in ecosystems I inhabit. It informs the way I see, and the way that I take photographs and paint plein air. I tag my images through Google Earth, Picasa and Flickr. Adobe Photoshop provides tools that allow me to enhance or layer some images. Using www.bivouac.com, Peaks of the Canadian Rockies, and numerous other maps, images and texts I can hyperlink each mountain peak to its exact longtitude/latitude coordinates in Google Earth (and or Picasa and Flickr). In Google Earth I can link the altitude tool relative to space/ground with the height of the mountain. I can also link customized image icons and detailed information including the exact www.bivouac.com and/or Peaks of the Canadian Rockies urls. The process of social tagging or folksonomy fuels my interest in searching for the names that provide the most accurate historical, ecological, geographical information about mountain peaks, glacial erratics, medicinal plants, post-contact plants . . .

Google searches before and after help refine our understanding of the places we have visited. Public librairies, local museums and even Tim Horton’s customers provide more suggestions. Sharing using one of our many social networks is easy. Flickr provides tools for describing and commenting on details of images, adding textual information as well as refined folksonomy, geotagging and comparing photos with special interest groups. Google docs archives the unpublished notes, annotated webliographies and bibliographies and keeps track of published blogs.

In the process I learn about contributions to Alberta’s history by individuals and communities descended from First Nations, Chinese, Italians, French, Irish, British, African-Americans . . .

Of course it is a visual form of memory work. If we only relied on the printed word for knowledge claims we would find ourselves with limited perspectives provided by experts in exclusive academic disciplines who claim that their magisteria is nonoverlapping.

This is changing so rapidly in a world of integrated management. Ecohydrology combines the fields of ecological processes and hydrology that informs integrated management of watersheds. Google Earth allows nonexperts to view climatic zones, mountain ranges, massifs, river valleys, individual mountains, hillslopes, stream channels, estuaries, gullies, barchannels, recharge areas, and in some cases meter-sized features. We can fly over and zoom in on the watershed of the Athabaskan Lake and River, Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan. We can read related reports online and track changes ourselves. This kind of information has never been easier to collect and share.

The most accurate scientific information from legitimate sources provides exact terminologies and taxonomies2 that not only clarify complex issues, they are also folksonomy-friendly.

Footnotes

1. Limited edition archival prints where the editions are limited to a hundred or less of an original work of art and hand autographed by the artist are priced accordingly and were considered to be art collectors items. Robert Bateman is well-known for his high-priced multiple edition prints of his popular wildlife paintings. These are often purchased for a hefty price by uninformed collectors who believe they have an original work of art. With progress in digital technologies, printing inks and processes, giclees from original oil paintings can be printed on canvas that appears to have a varnished finish and priced as much as a unique original painting. Giclees on high quality water colour paper do have an archival life of over a hundred years. Their production is costly so they are priced more than a mass-produced print. Giclee archival prints are a huge improvement over the prints of the Group of Seven and Emily Carr distributed to public schools in Canada in the Post World War II years. Most of these framed prints which unfortunately still hang in public places over fifty years later, have darkened and have lost all semblance to original colours.

I now fully embrace the giclee concept as a way of sharing visual information more widely. It is yet another take on Walter Banjamin’s mechanical reproduction.

2. I looked to wikipedia under geomorphology to find the equivalent of taxonomy for mountains that I have been using to identify wildflowers, medicinal plants. According to wikipedia, “Different geomorphological processes dominate at different spatial and temporal scales. To help categorize landscape scales some geomorphologists use the following taxonomy:

Creative Commons reference:

CC Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “How to paint mountains: Geomorphological taxonomy.” >> speechless. November 13.

CC Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “How to paint mountains: Geomorphological taxonomy.” >> Google docs. November 13.

NB: This article is supposed to be automatically re-published on speechless as changes are made in Google docs. I prefer to have both references available.


Speechless is now on WordPress’ list of Growing Blogs with 22,854 viewers. My first entry was entitled “Navigation Tools for the Blogosphere” and as I approach Speechless’ first anniversary I’ve just begun to use two new Open Source applications, CiteULike and Flexlists. I had attempted Zotero as a replacement for my huge EndNote library but I somehow lost the new library when I switched computers. CiteULike is all on-line and annotates references for me in formats used by academics. It also allows me to enter my CiteULike entries into my EndNote database. So far I’ve just been experimenting with compiling references on the concept of “memory work” in My Webliography and Bibliography. I have been contributing to building on-line resources of the concept “memory work” on wikipedia, deli.cio.us, WordPress, Googles Customized Search and Swicki.

I’ve also begun a list of key concepts on Flexlists which I prefer to call My Organic Glossary since it will mutate as my understanding of terms matures, deepens and develops through further teaching, learning and research.

I had attempted to use Babylon as an Open Source on-line build-your-own-glossary but realized that it is not actually free. It offers a limited introductory period followed by a pay-to-use plan. It would have been frustrating to invest time in building a glossary only to lose access to it!

I’ve started investing more time into my Google Customized Search on “Memory Work” and added Adsense. I have added refinements to it through labels: health, academic, article, museology, Inuit,


The Semantic web evolves as web architects attempt to become visible to search engines and web searchers attempt to find information. One of the tools for connectivity involves clusters, clouds or groups of words. A useful datamodel concept is the synset1, a word grouping that uses the same word in different groupings according to different meanings of the word as synonym, antonym etc.

While reading my morning news via iGoogle .rss feeds, I came across the “Alberta Oil Blog, one of three blogs listed by the CBC Blog Watch2 sidebar on its own September 25th article entitled “Albertans invited to give feedback on royalty review.”

Alberta Oil Blog describes itself as,

“Have you heard Alberta has oil a lot of it and people are getting rich, the environment is getting thrashed, the big city centers are growing too fast all because of the black gold. How long will it last? What will Calgary look like in 20 years? This blog will be about Alberta Oil and everything in between just as the title says.”

As I clicked backwards on various views of the Alberta Oil Blog including the source, I realized that this site does not reveal either its author or any link to an organization. It is a brand new blog that was just uploaded a few days ago, on September 22. However, it does have a healthy list of GoogleAds which link to oil industry jobs, investment news, etc. Each click is only worth a dime to the site author so the ads are not a direct link to instant wealth. The key words as listed in page source are oil sands, tar sands, alberta oil, calgary, oil rig jobs while the categories as listed on blog: Calgary, Ed.Stelmach, Environment, Fort.McMurray, Iran, Iraq, Oil, Oil.Sands, Our.Fair.Share.Report, Peak.Oil, Pipeline, Royalties, Stock Prices, Stocks, Suncor, Uncategorized, US.Imperialism, Videos, War, Wealth. CBC lists it as Alberta Oil Blog — Industry News, Information and Discussion, its source lists it as “News and information about the Alberta Oil industry.”

Is is because of computer-generated or author-generated synsets that the results take on an ironic postmodern schizophrenic feel combining Jon Stewart clips, Naomi Klein and anti-imperialism with advertisements for jobs on the tar sands and lucrative energy stock investments.

Footnotes

1. “Introduction to the WordNet datamodel: “The core concept in WordNet is the synset. A synset groups words with a synonymous meaning, such as {car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar}. Another sense of the word “car” is recorded in the synset {car, railcar, railway car, railroad car}. Although both synsets contain the word “car”, they are different entities in WordNet because they have a different meaning. More precisely: a synset contains one or more word senses and each word sense belongs to exactly one synset. In turn, each word sense has exactly one word that represents it lexically, and one word can be related to one or more word senses. There are four disjoint kinds of synset, containing either nouns, verbs, adjectives or adverbs. There is one more specific kind of adjective called an adjective satellite. Furthermore, WordNet defines seventeen relations, of which ten between synsets (hyponymy, entailment, similarity, member meronymy, substance meronymy, part meronymy, classification, cause, verb grouping, attribute) and five between word senses (derivational relatedness, antonymy, see also, participle, pertains to). The remaining relations are “gloss” (between a synset and a sentence), and “frame” (between a synset and a verb construction pattern). There is also a more specific kind of word. Collocations are indicated by hyphens or underscores (an underscore stands for a space character), e.g. mix-up and eye_contact (Van Assem, Mark; Gangemi, Aldo; Schreiber, Guus. 2006).”

2. The others are The Stride Protocol and merismus

Bibliography and Webliography

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Admission by Government that Alberta Royalty Review Flawed?” albertaoilblog.com September 26. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/26/admission-by-government-that-alberta-royalty-review-flawed /

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Cost of Freedom.” albertaoilblog.com September 26. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/26/cost-of-freedom/

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. is becoming an Oil Sands Player.” albertaoilblog.com September 25. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/25/abu-dhabi-national-energy-co-is-becoming-an-oil-sands-player /

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. We have oil America so protect us.” albertaoilblog.com September 24.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Alberta second-highest share of the country’s wealthiest people.” albertaoilblog.com September 24. http://albertaoilblog.com/2007/09/24/alberta-second-highest-share-of-the-countrys-wealthiest-people/

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Alberta’s Royalty Report, “Our Fair Share” albertaoilblog.com September 23.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Oil Sands stocks a good buy right now.” albertaoilblog.com September 23.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. Oil Royalties debate sweeps Alberta.” albertaoilblog.com September 23.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. “Suncor Pumps H2S into the Environment.” albertaoilblog.com September 22.

Alberta Oil Blog. 2007. “On the Map with Avi Lewis: Alberta Oil Sands” albertaoilblog.com September 22.

CBC. 2007. “Albertans invited to give feedback on royalty review.” September 25. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2007/09/25/review-review.html

Van Assem, Mark; Gangemi, Aldo; Schreiber, Guus. 2006. “RDF/OWL Representation of WordNet:W3C Working Draft.” June 19. http://www.w3.org/TR/wordnet-rdf/

Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Synset, Semantic Web, CBC and Alberta Oil” >> Google Docs. September 25. http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddp3qxmz_377d75hkf

Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Synset, Semantic Web, CBC and Alberta Oil” >> Speechless. September 25.


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Accountability for Reasonableness,

Metadata is data about data that is at a higher level of abstraction than the data it is describing.

Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. Folksonomies: September 26, 2007 >> Speechless, Papergirls, Delicious http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddp3qxmz_373dpjdn7


Ethnoclassification in the broadest sense refers to “how people classify and categorize the world around them (Merholz 2004).” Star (1996) used the term ethnoclassification in reference to the work of her research group who were exploring the convergence of the sociology of science and the sociology of work with digital libraries. Their work, as ethnographers in a way, involved tracing the web backwards by observing how readers and writers routinely adopt and adapt formal classification schemes with their own personal everyday classification systems in their local work spaces, filing cabinets, computer desktops, web browsers, and group-level software (Star 1996).

Faceted browse interface or faceted tagging refers to a trend in support for finding information with tags that goes beyond tag clouds. Sinha uses the example of the interface of wine.com which can be browsed under the facet of price, region, type which can be undertaken in any order: region:price or region:type (Sinha 2006). Hebig (2005) used the term structured tagging and semantic tagging. He applied the idea of faceted navigation to tagging using tags consisting of a prefix, a colon and a suffix like is:quicklink, project:ilm or via:papascott. Buzzword: structured tagging. He noted that Rainer Wasserfuhr was using colons in a similar way to create faceted tags in his deli.cio.us bookmarks.

Folksonomies are categories, tags or key words used by writers and readers to facilitate and optimize Internet searches. The communal virtual archives is flooded with unending torrents of digital data and users need high performance search devices to optimize search engine results. The term ‘folksonomy’ (volksonomy) coined by Vander Wal in 2004, captures the spirit of a revivified Internet where users train and are trained to use free software. Although I find the term itself to be inelegant, I use it because of its brilliance. It works as a key word searching device. See (Smith 2004, Mathes 2004, Vander Wal 2007).

In his blog Vander Wal (2007) described how the term folksonomy emerged organically during insider conversation in 2004 where he considered using the prefix folk- instead of tax- in taxonomy to create the word folksonomy: a  “user-created bottom-up categorical structure development with an emergent thesaurus.”



If I type folksonomy I will probably find sites related to my own interest in connectivity/content issues. For many people Googling is already a verb used in everyday language, helping users navigate and find instead of surfing and searching for information on the Internet. I have worked with key words in bibliography software EndNote for many years. Now I can share other users searches with social bookmarking freeware such as deli.cio.us, Swicki and Google’s own user-customized-search. Sites that are tagged with efficient, relevant tags (folksonomies) on topics that are situated within current conversations, will get more hits.
Key words: folksonomy, folksonomies, tagging, tag clouds, social bookmarking, ethnoclassification, deli.cio.us, Flickr, wordpress categories, faceted tagging, findability, SEO, semantic tagging, taxonomy, categorization, categories, ethnoclassification:faceted tagging, folksonomy: faceted tagging, semantic web,

Webliography and bibliography

Hebig, Haiko. 2005. “Semantic tagging.” >> http://hebig.org/blog. Accessed June 15, 2007.

Mathes, Adam. 2004. “Folksonomies, Computer Mediated Communication, LIS590CMC, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, December 2004. Accessed October 2006.

Merholz, Peter. 2004. “Metadata for the Masses.” >> Adaptive Path. October 19. Accessed June 15, 2007.

Sinha, Rashmi. 2006. “Findability with tags: Facets, clusters, and pivot browsing.” >> http://www.rashmisinha.com. July 27. Accessed June 15, 2007.

Smith, Gene. 2004. “Folksonomy: Social Classification.”>> atomiq Posted in: Information Architecture on Aug 3, 2004. Accessed June 18, 2007.

Star, Susan Leigh. 1996. “Slouching toward Infrastructure.” Digital Libraries Conference Workshop. Illinois Research Group on Classification. Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois. Accessed June 15, 2007.

Vander Wal, Thomas. 2007. “Folksonomy Coinage and Definition.” February 2. Accessed June 18, 2007.

©© Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Ethnoclassification, Folksonomy, Tag Clouds and Faceted Tagging.” >> Speechless. June 15.

©© Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Ethnoclassification, Folksonomy, Tag Clouds and Faceted Tagging.” >> Google docs. June 15.

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddp3qxmz_288gprssx



I created the first Adobe Photoshop digitage above called “Folksonomies” (2006) was an image I generated from my Del.icio.us tag cloud. Deli.cio.us is one of a number of Web 2.0 technologies I have been using since September 2006. Deli.cio.us is a free social bookmarking tech tool that works with folksonomies, tagging or tag clouds. The other layers are a title layer, google generated 3-D virtual space with branching rivers as metaphors for organically emerging rhizomic pathways, a miniaturized image of Vancouver, BC’s skyline, and an altered topographical map of a site where a meteor landed. This final layer was inverted so the meteoric collision with the planet became the sun in this delicious cloud. The second is called Folksonomy II (2006) using another of my Del.icio.us tag cloud tag as a backdrop for the BC mountains merged with a section of Friedrich’s painting of the German Romantic period.

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