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Michael Adcock. Tracking the TiddlyThesaurus. February 8, 2008. What’s this all about?. Introductions Talkin’ Tiddly Meeting the TiddlyThesaurus. Who am I?. 2 nd year MLIS student Software developer in my previous life Likes cool technology and gadgets

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what s this all about
What’s this all about?
  • Introductions
  • Talkin’ Tiddly
  • Meeting the TiddlyThesaurus
who am i
Who am I?
  • 2nd year MLIS student
  • Software developer in my previous life
  • Likes cool technology and gadgets
  • Took LIS 537 (Construction of Indexing Languages – the thesaurus class!)
who is tiddlywiki
Who is TiddlyWiki?
  • Jeremy Ruston
    • spent 8 years using and working on Wikis
    • created TiddlyWiki in late 2004
    • founder of Osmosoft
    • recently hired by British Telecom
  • Active user/developer community
    • more about this later…
tiddly what
Tiddly… What?
  • “In the UK a ‘tiddler’ just means something small. So you talk about a tiddler as, like a tiny fish that isn’t worth keeping and you throw it back.”

- Ruston

but what is it
But what is it?
  • Concept

“I describe it as a notebook, as an outboard brain, as a place you can put the stuff that matters to you and then do things with it.”

- Ruston

but what is it1
But what is it??
  • Wiki

“It’s a Wiki where the individual entries, instead of being pages, are more akin to paragraphs.”

- Ruston

This makes editing multiple entries easier, and doesn’t require flipping between separate pages.

but what is it2
But what is it???
  • Technology
    • Open source
    • Single page HTML and JavaScript based tool that works on all major web browsers and platforms
    • Stores content back to itself
    • Integrated “plugin” management system
    • Completely customizable with CSS
    • Designed to run locally, but there are server-side implementations too
but what is it3
But what is it????
  • Community
    • Very active community of developers and users
    • Numerous resources on the web:

Main: www.tiddlywiki.com

Tutorial: www.giffmex.org/twfortherestofus.html

TW Help: twhelp.tiddlyspot.com

Google Groups: TiddlyWiki, TiddlyWikiDev

but what is it4
But what is it?????
  • Simplicity and Elegance
    • Everything is stored as a “tiddler”!
      • content
      • code
      • styling information
      • even core functionality can be replaced!
    • Integrated search system
      • simple Google-esque box
      • can search all tiddlers, or restricted set
but what is it5
But what is it??????
  • Information Management Tool ?!?!?
    • Bob Boiko’s list:
      • Hierarchy
      • Association
      • Index
      • Sequence
    • Trent’s thesaurus characteristics:
      • Hierarchical
      • Associative
      • Equivalence
tiddlywiki demo
TiddlyWiki Demo
  • Let’s take a look at the original TiddlyWiki…
  • http://www.tiddlywiki.com
  • LIS 537 group project

(Amateur Astronomy Thesaurus)

      • Michael Adcock
      • Tim Shockley
      • Sonja Sutherland
  • Wanted a tool to help us construct and manage the thesaurus, since Excel and Soergel cards seemed lame and fiddly…
  • Convinced my group members to use TiddlyWiki, even though I wasn’t 100% sure it could do everything we wanted…
thesaurus construction
Thesaurus Construction
  • Harvested terms from many sources
  • Stored harvested terms and source information in Excel (on Google docs)
  • Collected over 5,000 terms
  • Sorted terms according to frequency
  • Focused on top 600 most frequently used terms
  • Grouped terms into broad categories to aid in recognizing synonymous and related terms
tiddlywiki editing
TiddlyWiki - Editing
  • Imported terms from Excel to TiddlyWiki
  • Features
    • Multi-user support
    • Term relationships represented as links
    • Automated cross-reference checks
    • Tagging (of terms)
      • identified preferred terms vs. lead-in terms
      • identified terms for authority list
tiddlywiki editing1
TiddlyWiki - Editing
  • Features (continued)
    • Indicated frequency of use in literature
      • used for generating term counts
    • Automated generation of:
      • alphabetical schedule
      • classified schedule
      • notation
tiddlywiki using
TiddlyWiki - Using
  • Navigation between terms (UF/U/BT/NT/RT) through hyperlinks
  • Easy full text search
  • Includes definitions and SN where necessary
  • Printable schedules
  • Includes introduction with hyperlinked example terms
under the hood
Under the Hood…
  • Modified several core tiddlers:
      • EditTemplate, ViewTemplate, StyleSheetPrint, SideBarOptions, OptionsPanel, AdvancedOptions, SideBarTabs, DefaultTiddlers, StyleSheet, MainMenu
  • Created a few custom macros:
      • notationMacro, listrMacro, changesMacro
under the hood cont
Under the Hood… (cont)
  • Created a few custom code/plugins:
      • BrokenLinks, Alphabetical Schedule, Classified Schedule, Generate Notation
  • Imported publicly available code:
      • BackstagePlugin, Blackicity Theme
tiddlythesaurus demo
TiddlyThesaurus Demo
  • Let’s take a look at the Amateur Astronomy Thesaurus…
  • http://students.washington.edu/adcockm/amateurastronomythesaurus
additional resources
Additional Resources
  • TW Help


  • TiddlyVault


  • tiddlyspot


  • BidiXTW


  • MTS - minitiddlyserver


  • Lots of TiddlyWiki resources online…
  • “Jeremy Ruston sells out” - http://lewcid.org/2007/12/14/jeremy-ruston-sells-out/
  • ASIS&T
  • iEdge (look for it in April!)
  • The support of viewers like you!