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Memespace Names and URNs

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Ron Daniel writes on the TaxoCop list that “managing memespaces
sounds like managing URN namespaces. You might want to see what
the IETF defined for URNs, see which parts of it make sense, and
also see if you can figure out what special value you will offer
that will tempt people into supporting and using memespace names
when they have […]


Thursday, December 8th, 2005

We launched a new website last week in support of memography™ and the memetic web™.
It’s called TaxoTips (
It is devoted to the millions of taxonomies that will be used as taxospaces in our three-part, globally-unique identifier.
It lists many leading taxonomy consultants who will need to know about how memography will increase the ROI on taxonomy […]

More on UIDs from Joho the Blog

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

David Weinberger is arguing strongly for unique IDs.
His latest post to JoHO argues that Web 2.0 and tagging will give way to the Year of the Unique ID.
Several comments are apropos of memography.
“When you have a large pile of stuff, you need a way to identify it. The more meaningful the names, the worse […]


Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Ulla-Maaria Mutanen (a/k/a HobbyPrincess) has started a ThingLink website.
Looking something like our meme IDs, Ulla-Maaria says “Thinglinks are unique identifiers that anybody can use for connecting physical or virtual objects to any online information about them. A thinglink on an object is an indication that there is some information about the object online—perhaps a blog […]

David Weinberger on Metadata

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

“Crunching the Metadata” is an article in the November 13 Boston Globe that describes the need for new - and unique - identifiers that we can use to tag books of the future (and of course the entire contents of the web). Is he thinking of meme IDs?
David says ” we’ll need two things.”
“First, we’ll […]

Relevence of Misspellings

Monday, November 14th, 2005

We’ve all noticed how Google will fix our misspellings, with their synonyms list suggesting the more likely search term - Did you mean Relevance?
When the misspelling is so bad it’s not in Google’s synonym rings, we have entered the huge space of random strings that are not in use anywhere (that is the future home […]

Lou Rosenfeld’s Bloug

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

In today’s Bloug, Lou says we should introduce the memetic web concept to search vendors. That will be our next step.
He cleverly notes that they could tap into the memespaces by recognizing an area code (or some other existing taxonomy like ISBN) and then prepending the memespace identifier, when they know it.
Our simple proposal […]

More announcements

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Over the weekend we sent emails to list serves for a number of organizations with an obvious potential interest in the Memetic Web:

The IA Institute
The ACM SIGIR (Information Retrieval)
Seth Earley’s TaxoCoP taxonomy group (
CM Pros

Peter Morville’s blog

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

On Friday, Peter Morville blogged about the Memetic Web.
He is right to be concerned about meme ID spamming.
We have a couple of proposed solutions to the spamming problem and will post them soon to the Memography wiki.

Some good criticisms

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Today we sent out advance notice to a lot more smart people and got some great feedback. (Tomorrow we will ask for discussion on the IAI mailing list.)
Bud Gibson pointed out that our meme naming scheme resembles Shelley Powers’ Tagback technique. Shelley combines a “bb” prefix for her own site (not too unique and […]