Sunday, January 21, 2007

Web Application for creating tag clouds

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Robert Berkman from the Intelligent Agent Blog, loves tag clouds. I agree with him that tagclouds can be used effectively to tell a story for business researchers among others in the enteprise who are responsible for redistributing or presenting information . His post points us to a site called TagCrowd . According to the site, TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any user-supplied text by creating what is popularly known as a tag cloud. It is very easy to use and configurable even by creating a stop word list. I have a couple of uses for it already including some upcoming client presentations.

These tagclouds that TagCrowd produces are looking at word frequencies and not neccissarily what the text has been tagged with (unless you include the metadata in the text box). There are some other tagcloud makers that look at what tags have been applied.

I recently re-read this white paper on Getting Started with Controlled Vocabularies, Taxonomies and Thesauri so for fun, i through the text into TagCrowd to produce the following:

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Ted said...

Which precisely illustrates the problem with tag clouds (or even phrase clouds) without any contextual underpinning...

The most mentioned words are not necessarily the most important words.