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Michael adcock

Michael Adcock

Tracking the TiddlyThesaurus

February 8, 2008

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!