Informatics Adjacency

This is an experimental attempt to collect data that may (I hope will) be used to contribute to our discussions of who should be near whom in the Forum.

Initial data collection will use a Google spreadsheet: and all research staff (this includes teaching staff) should receive an invitation to collaborate.

Those invited should enter a new row in the spreadsheet, with their UUN, name, relevant notes, and arbitrarily many tags, roughly in order of decreasing priority.

You can return and modify your entry later.

Tag Syntax

A tag is a non-empty alpha-string; or a tag followed by a colon, then a non-empty alpha-string.

To enter your data, create a row indexed by your UUN (your DICE username) in lowercase. Tags can be any string matching [a-zA-Z]+(:[a-zA-Z]+)* (in en_GB.UTF-8 locale). Tags can be institutes LFCS, ICSA, IPAB, ICCS, CISA, IANC, non-institutes, protoinstitutes (eg ICSB, the Institute for Computational Systems Biology), UUNs of others in Informatics, or free-form. Please use meaningful short wiki-style names as tags, or create acronyms and document them here.

Tag Semantics

This spreadsheet is intended to capture some aspects of the intellectual topology of informatics@edinburgh, in the hope that we can match it to the physical geometry of the building.

The tags are intended to represent groups (including those you consider yourself part of, and would like to see collocated) or individuals you would like to be close to in the new building.

Although tags are uninterpreted symbols, recognized words, UoE UUNs Need a way to look up people's UUNs!!!, and standard Informatics Institute acronyms: IANC, IPAB, ICSA, LFCS, CISA, ICCS, carry some semantic weight,

So listing the tags LFCS, CISA, logic, bundy would signify that you want to be near to LFCS, and to CISA, to people interested in logic, and, in particular, to Alan Bundy.

Groups, ad hoc, or established, may choose to introduce their own tags - which could simply be a randomly-chosen string, or a distincitve WIki-style name - such a tag should signify that those who list it want to be close together.

The form tag1:tag2 is intended to signify a specialisation or subgroup of tag1 - for example LFCS:databases, would indicate that you are interested in being near the database subgroup of LFCS. So, ICCS:semantics and LFCS:semantics would represent related, but significantly different interests.

As you choose, and adjust your tags, bear in mind that tags used by everyone, and tags used by noone but you, carry no information. So be specific, but not too specific.

The collaborative form of the spreadsheet means that this is a dynamic exercise: you can adjust your tags as tags acquire (and change) their meanings through use, and you can align your vocabulary with that used by the majority, as needed.


-- MichaelFourman - 14 Oct 2006

Topic revision: r6 - 12 Jan 2007 - 15:38:00 - HenrySThompson
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