Tagging the Archive

Attaching tags

Filing things in a traditional way means that they are stored in only one category. But this restriction does not apply in web digital files, where a lot of different people look for a wide range of things. That is why tags came up, because they allow us to place the same  file in more than one category at a time. The same file has different labels and whichever one is chosen does not  preclude the others. If other people don’t think in the same way you do or they are interested in a particular point in a file that you are not interested, the file will be found from anyone who wants it!

Tag is an effective tool for creating rich relationships between content on the internet [1]. One type of tagging is the public one (social bookmarking such as Digg.com, Del.icio.us, and 9rules.com) where the visitors to a web site can manage their own tags for content. An other is the “publisher’s tagging,” where the publisher places the tags (eg photo-sharing sites like Flickr, Webshots and Picasa).

Τhen two clips from BBC Archive and their possible sectors of use are introtuced as examples of prospective tagging.

The first one is Blue Peter’s and is called “Van Gogh’s CentenaryWhy are Van Gogh’s works thought to be so good?” and comes from the Portraits of the Artist file. This Short Documentary (10’17”), where Diane-Louise Jordan is the narrator, was first broadcasted in 1990 from BBC for the 100 years after Van Gogh‘s death. This documentary can be interesting for people who wants to know about his Biography, Gallery, Letters and Museum. In a more general purpose it concerns Art and Culture‘s  sensible people, Paitings‘, Portraits‘, and Aesthetics‘. It is also useful for Historians, Paintings’ Collectors, Religion Scientists, Psychiatrists and Psychologists. It aslo reffers to Impressionism, Paris (or France) of late 1800, and the fashion of late 1800.

The second clip is from News and is called “On the Eve of Apollo 11 LaunchWhat will the Apollo astronauts actually be doing on the moon?” and comes from the Looking back to NASA’s Apollo lunar missions file. Its duration is 5’51” and it is an interview of an Apollo’s 11 Astronaut, Don Lind, from the BBC’s reporter Reginald Turnill. It was first broadcasted on July, 7nth, in 1969. The range of interests here is quite wide. Starting from the Historical point of view it is interesting because of  style of interviews, video and camera tecnology, video and sound production techniques, Science History, Old Experiments, Old Technological (Space) Equipment, Scientific Knowledge of the 1960 decade. It can also be interesting for Geologists, Scientists, Astrotauts, TV Programmers, Biologists and Astronomers. It concerns anybody who wants to know about Space, Solar System, NASA, Apollo Missions, Astronomy, Technology, Science. It can also be source for America’s Linguistics, Politics, and History.

[1] Getting, B. (2007) “What are Tags and what is Tagging?”, on Practical Ecommerce website <http://bit.ly/4dmBUq> [accessed  06/11/2010] 

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