Archive for November, 2005

First Test

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Today was our first proof of concept of memography’s 100% precision and recall.
Stephen Arnold challenged the very idea of “near perfect” recall.
Last Sunday (October 30) we had added a meme ID to three different websites, CMS Review, CMS Wiki, and skyBuilders.
We added meme ID = MEMOZIP-02138-6707, which is a unique ID for our […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]