Thursday, February 02, 2006

NewZingo: A Map of Google News

I am sure many of you have heard about the term, tagging. This is the process of assigning keywords to an digital object for the purpose of finding it later. Tagging has really taken off on the web. NewZingo takes this concept to the next level where it analyzes Google News and extracts tags from it. It displays the tags in what is called a tag cloud. The larger the tag the more news stories have that tag assigned to it. I challenge the ILS vendors to do something similiar with library's collections. In this way, we could easily see what the strengths of our collections and what direction we need to take our purchasing. There is so much we could do with ILS systems to make it a much more rewarding experience for our patrons and our staff.

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