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Dan Coulter PRO 8:18pm, 25 January 2007
If we think of this group's collective product as a recommendations, what steps should we take to move a user's suggestions for namespaces and predicates into the recommendation? Here are some possibilities as I see them:

- We setup documentation (like a wiki, for example) where anyone and everyone can go and make changes to the recommendation. I like the idea of it being free to let people add to it immediately, but if something changes (or it gets vandalized), some people might see information that is different than they may have normally seen.

- Anyone can come to the group and make a suggestion and then it is discussed here before it's added to the documentation. For namespaces, we can discuss what additional predicates it could use. If no one has objections after a certain amount of time, it can go through.

- Use some sort of voting system. Obviously, things would probably go through a round or two of discussion before it got voted on.

I'm personally leaning toward the second option. A formalized voting system might be overkill for our needs. On the other hand, it would let people be anonymous in their disapproval, if they wanted to be.

Just from the first discussion (about the lens tags), it's becoming apparent that we're going to need an external place for documentation. Otherwise, the recommendations that the group comes up with will be lost in the message boards.
rendezvouscp 10 years ago
I'm starting to believe more and more that discussion should take place on an independent site because of how universal they are (and can) be.

I think that an open wiki is a good option; discussion should take place in either the wiki or another open platform (such as a mailing list).

For the establishment of a namespace and predicates, the "big players" in that space should probably be brought into that discussion and see if there can't be a resolution made (e.g., bring in the canon and nikon groups to the lens namespace discussion and see if one format can't be created). Of course, suggestions should be made freely and shouldn't be shot down without proper reasoning.
-Chasen
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Dan Coulter PRO 10 years ago
I'll setup a site with a wiki for documentation. What do you guys think of mtags.info?

If we take the discussion off of Flickr's site, we might gain some people who normally wouldn't take part in the discussion, but will we lose the engagement of the flickr community?
rendezvouscp Posted 10 years ago. Edited by rendezvouscp (member) 10 years ago
I've registered tripletags.org and machinetags.org just in case, so those are options too. I didn't register them for control, but to make sure no one took those domain names if they were of interest to us. I like the name "triple tags" better since they're both machine and human readable.

We might lose some, but those interested will still participate and we might gain some traction by posting onto the API mailing list once we're up and running. I think there are more pros to moving to an independent site than there are cons.
-Chasen
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Dan Coulter PRO 10 years ago
I like tripletags too, but if we take the discussion off Flickr's site and stop calling them machine tags, there might be too much of a distance from what Flickr is doing. I think it might be best to go with machinetags.org.
rendezvouscp 10 years ago
Either way, we'll do a redirect so that either domain works. The "concept" is really early in implementation, so now if ever would be a good time for the change. Hopefully some other people will speak up on the matter.
-Chasen
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Dan Coulter PRO 10 years ago
Well, I'm going to be travelling this weekend. Perhaps people can post some of the things that they'd like to see in the documentation and perhaps where they'd like to see discussion. I will probably check back in before I leave, but I'll probably be able to put up a wiki on Monday.
premasagar 9 years ago
In the wiki documentation, I'd like to see a page listing pre-existing semantic markup standards that may inform the development of machine tag conventions e.g. microformats, Dublin Core. Specific standards may be discussed on separate pages.
rendezvouscp 9 years ago
I think I'll have the domain and wiki up by tomorrow, but we still need to figure out how we'll discuss.
-Chasen
rendezvouscp 9 years ago
The domain is online and the wiki is accessible at www.machinetags.org/wiki/. Everything's fresh, so it's going to be a joint movement for all of us to make this happen.

We still, as a group, need to figure out how the primary discussion will take place (mailing list, wiki, etc.). The wiki needs to be designed (I've worked with MediaWiki software before, so I'm familiar with how to template a wiki). Should we have a journal to highlight the things that are occuring in the community?
-Chasen

P.S. I set up everything not with the intention of being the control freak; I am, however, motivated.
wasvel 9 years ago
great initiative! a mailing list would be welcome too!...that's easier to exchange ideas, while we could use the wiki for defining the tags...
rendezvouscp 9 years ago
I'll work on getting a mailing list up in about twelve hours (school!). Does anyone have any suggestions?
-Chasen
wasvel 9 years ago
mt-discuss@machinetags.org ?
rendezvouscp Posted 9 years ago. Edited by rendezvouscp (member) 9 years ago
Sorry, for mailing list software.
-Chasen
rendezvouscp 9 years ago
The mailing list is now available for signup at machinetags.org/mailman/listinfo/machinetags_machinetags.org.
-Chasen
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