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Linkstack - what you're reading

By dchud, Section Software
Posted on Mon Nov 17th, 2003 at 02:14:28 PM EST
Art and I have been hashing out questions about where lines can and should be drawn between individual web/library surfing, record-keeping of same via personal link routing, and the continuum from private clippings files and bibtex/endnote bibliographies to weblogs and trackback. I think we agree that these services are on a continuum. His thoughts on this topic leap quickly to trust networks, which is fascinating, though I'm more stuck on just aggressively logging everything I do in the context of what I read that I might ever want to refer to again, and finding a simple way to merge that with public weblogging and library-quality metadata. Yeah, okay, that's a little obsessive. Still, as a little experiment I put together a tiny app called 'linkstack' and it's worked well for a few weeks now. It might be interesting to try a group one, so if it interests you too read on, and we can give it a whirl.


This idea is braindead simple: if I'm reading a webpage interesting enough in some context that I want to record that I visited it, I hit a bookmarklet and a link gets stuck on my weblog. This is even lighterweight than a "blog this" bookmarklet, as I don't have to write anything further about the page - it just gets recorded as something that interested me that day, and listed along with other stacked links from that day. This is certainly unoriginal, and uninspired, but it takes so little work and is useful enough (esp. when I stack up a list of stuff people send along, or are referenced from sites with frequent updates, or that I visit rarely, that I mean to read but don't get to during a day) that it seems worth talking about a little more.

This is written in about 60 lines of python plugged into the excellent pyblosxom, which makes this so simple it's trivial. That said, it would be fun to try a group stack; that is, to set up a collector that a few dozen people with common interests (say, hacker/librarian types :) would post related links to. Maybe this is really just another flavor of what the MT folks suggest in their trackback docs as "content aggregation by topic." If so, this just takes less work. It would really just involve a few more lines of code, maybe to track who sent something in, and a timestamp, and something to spit out the data in a format we could hack simply (to generate multiple views, e.g. timeline, frequency, per user, per domain).

If this interests anyone please send me an email msg and I'll set something up in the next few days. Considering that it would probably take some deeper thought to implement cleanly, I'd prefer to limit the number of folks in an experiment to a dozen or two, but if there are more than that many people reading this anyway, of which even a dozen think this is interesting, it'd be shocking. :)


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I'm interested (none / 0) (#1)
by jaf on Tue Nov 18th, 2003 at 09:12:38 AM EST
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I'm definitely interested. I love the simplicity of adding resources via a bookmarklet. What I'm wondering is what happens when the number of resources gets a little overwhelming? I can see a number of possibilities for examining a simple approach to organization and information retrieval of such a corpus - one way might be similar to how Bloomba organizes and provides access to email...

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Current related research (none / 0) (#3)
by solidstate on Tue Nov 18th, 2003 at 12:57:47 PM EST
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Two groups in the Pacific Northwest are investigating the same notions of reusing/remembering information. The project, Keeping Found Things Found or KFTF, at the University of Washington Information School, addresses these issues of saving, re-using, remembering information bits for later use. They are currently studying how to keep web pages found. Bill Gates, at his recent Comdex talk, mentioned a project at Microsoft called "Stuff I've Seen" [ pdf ] (SIS) (as reported by InfoWorld).

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linkstack and scribot (none / 0) (#4)
by inkdroid on Tue Nov 18th, 2003 at 01:55:23 PM EST
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I like this idea alot, and would be interested in helping out with the project (if only to learn a bit more Python :-). I was reminded of the scribot, a tool developed by the Perl community in London, which basically allows people to share links as a community using SOAP as a bridge between the various ways people want to collect the sites. The scribot has its roots in IRC land where it would watch people trading URLs and archive them away. Interestingly it has a calendar view much like the one Art is talking about. I think building linkstack so that it could share it's links (RSS feed perhaps) with others would be really interesting.

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me six! (none / 0) (#6)
by blearyeye on Thu Nov 20th, 2003 at 06:05:40 PM EST
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I'm interested.

A standard schema for the exchange of bibliographic citations would be powerful, if buy-in was there and scholars started syndicating bibliographies. Ideally this format could handle traditional resources and web resources equally well. (Would Dublin Core be a candidate?)

Raleigh, NC

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del.icio.us (none / 0) (#10)
by Anonymous Hero on Thu Mar 18th, 2004 at 08:44:04 PM EST

Doesn't del.icio.us take care of this already?

In your defence, I guess the appeal here is using something residing on your own server rather than relying on a web service....

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Here is good website (none / 0) (#11)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Feb 23rd, 2005 at 10:47:40 PM EST

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tomli (none / 0) (#12)
by Anonymous Hero on Sun Mar 6th, 2005 at 06:15:00 AM EST

I am very intersted in your subject, but i'm a beginner. So i hope we can often intercourse.led Best Regard!!

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