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Tag Clouds

Possibly the librarian’s favourite visualization, the tag cloud. The perfect confluence of visual and text.
Here’s the Tag Cloud for this blog, Stephen’s Lighthouse:
LighthouseTagCloud.png
I am really happy that PEOPLE came out big. Hopefully that reflects the focus I try to have on innovation, libraries, the web, and software.
Check out how I built it here. It’s a useful tool from OCLC. You can use it to review your own blog, webpage or text. I found that it was interesting to try all the options just to play.
Anyway, it’s a small first step to getting more comfortable with visuals. We’re certainly seeing a difference in end user preferences and library worker/librarian preferences for displays using visual metaphors. Getting beyond the sorted or ranked lists endemic to most online services and web search engines to a bigger toolkits will be a challenge. Sometimes search results feel like we’re playing with the 8 crayon box instead of the 64 crayon box with the sharpener!
Stephen

Posted on: September 5, 2007, 7:56 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I’ve been having a ball with all of your most-recent entries, but this one inspired me to post a comment. A fantastic little tool for self-checking — I’ve just used it on my blog, a number of our library webpages, even the Library Mission and Vision statement. I’ve always loved the tag cloud on del.icio.us…this visual new feast provides potent food for thought! Many thanks again for passing this LTA along!