Get started as a tagger

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Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) » Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) » Get started as a tagger

  • This page is primarily about how to start tagging for OATP. If you're undecided, please see our page on <b>why</b> to tag for OATP.


Thanks for your willingness to help out. Quick summary:
  1. Get a TagTeam account.
  2. Get permission to tag for the OATP hub within TagTeam.
  3. Install the tagging bookmarklet on your browser.
  4. Learn the basics of OATP tagging.

Getting a TagTeam account

  1. Go to the Harvard instance of TagTeam and click the Sign in link in the upper right corner. Or go directly to the Sign up page.
  2. Fill out the form.
    • Note that the Harvard instance of TagTeam is limited to academic or research projects. Use the form to give a brief description of your project.
      • If you don't describe an academic or research project, your request for an account may be denied.
      • Tagging for OATP definitely counts. Hence, if you want to tag for OATP, just say that.
    • Click the green Sign up button (not the blue Log in button).
Once you have an account in TagTeam, you may create new hubs (projects), tag for those hubs, and authorize others to tag for them as well. To tag for an existing hub, like OATP, you'll need the permission of the hub owner, which you can request through the "Contact" tab on that hub. (See next).
If your purpose is to tag for OATP, then please do not create a new OA-related hub. Use the OATP hub for tagging all OA-related items.

Getting permission to tag for OATP

You may already have a kind of permission to tag for OATP, for example, because someone from OATP invited you to tag. But TagTeam has to know about this permission, and we can't tell TagTeam about it until you have a TagTeam account. That's why we have to separate the previous step from this step, even when you already have "human-level" clearance to go.
  1. Log in to TagTeam, and go to the OATP hub.
  2. Click on the Contact tab in the left sidebar. Fill in the form, for example, by asking for permission to tag for OATP. Click Submit.
  3. The OATP hub owner will receive the message and approve you when it arrives.
When you get this far, you'll be authorized to tag for OATP. The next few sections are about how to do that.

Adding and using the tagging bookmarklet

  1. Log in to TagTeam, and go to the OATP hub.
  2. Click on the Bookmarks tab in the left sidebar.
  3. Drag the Add to TagTeam link to your browser's bookmarks toolbar. (You'll only see this link if you're logged in to TagTeam and authorized to tag for OATP.)
  4. When you're viewing a web page you want to tag, click on the bookmarklet and fill in the pop-up form.

Learning about OATP tags

Important
Recommended
Useful but less important

Revising your work

After you've tagged an item for OATP, you may want to add new tags, or modify or remove existing tags. Here's how.
  1. Log in to TagTeam, and go to the OATP hub.
  2. Go to the tag record for the item you want to update.
    • For example, run a search or scroll through the list of items until you find the one you want to update. Then click on the link in the item's title. That takes you to the tag record for that item.
  3. Click on the Filters tab in the left sidebar.
    • Permission to tag for a hub doesn't automatically include permission to create item-level filters. You probably have both kinds of permission. But if you have the first and not the second, then ask the hub owner (for OATP, Peter Suber) for the second.
  4. Chose one of the three options (add, remove, modify a tag), and fill in the form.
  5. Another way to add new tags (but not to remove or modify them) is to return to the original page on the web, and click on the bookmarklet. The tagging form will pop up prepopulated with the existing tags, title, URL, and description. You can add new tags directly through the form.

Recommended practices

Once you've started as a tagger, consider taking additional steps to help the project.

  • Review the OATP primary feed (all new items) or full feed (all items old and new) from within TagTeam. When you see an item that was inadequately tagged, add some of the missing tags. If you click through to the full tag record and believe that the item was inadequately described, improve the description.
    • If most of your OATP work is on OA in a given field, country, or region, or on a certain aspect of OA (such as books, copyright, data, early career researchers, funder policies...), then review and improve the item records within your areas of focus.
  • Subscribe to the OATP primary feed as a reader. This will show you what your tagging (and the tagging of your peers) looks like to our subscribers.
  • When you tag an OA-related event (conference, workshop, webinar etc.), also add it to the "Events" section of the Open Access Directory (OAD) wiki.
    • Strictly speaking, this is not part of OATP tagging. But it advances the same cause and we recommend it in the OATP tagging guidelines.
    • To prevent spam, OAD contributions are limited to registered users, but registration is free and easy.
  • Bookmark Google Translate, if you haven't already. Even though all OATP entries are in English, OATP tries to tag new OA developments in all languages.
  • Recruit new OATP taggers. Share this page on how to get started with them (short URL = bit.ly/oatp-start-tagging). Help them learn the basics.
    • OATP is a crowd-sourced project. The more taggers we have, the more comprehensively we can cover the scene.
    • We welcome new taggers, whether they tag regularly or sporadically, and whether they tag generally (all kinds of OA-related news, whatever they notice) or only in certain niches (by academic field, geographic region, language-group, or aspect of OA).

Tips and suggestions

  • If you click on the TagTeam bookmarklet, and the form pops up already filled in, that means that the page you're viewing has already been tagged for OATP. You could back out and move on, relieved that someone has saved you time. Or you could review the tags already applied and think about whether the previous tagger(s) omitted any that you could add now.
  • Conversely, to see whether an item has already been tagged, just try to tag it. If the form pops up pre-populated, the answer is yes.
  • The OATP tagging guidelines and list of approved tags are both fairly long and might be intimidating. But don't be intimidated. There's a learning curve, but it's not that steep. Once you start tagging for OATP, we may send you feedback on your tagging.
  • If you or your organization would like to be systematic in finding and tagging new items of a certain kind, let Peter Suber know. OATP is trying to recruit taggers to take responsibility —alone or jointly— for items on a certain aspect of OA or OA developments in a certain niche (field, country, region, or language). If we get a critical mass of them, then we'll create a public web page listing them, partly to give public thanks and partly to show the areas where we still need dedicated taggers.
  • Consider creating a <i>recommendation feed</i>, that is, a feed of items that you'd personally like to highlight or recommend. If you're an expert on a certain aspect of OA, this can be very useful to readers who'd like to follow your judgment on new developments in that area.
  • If you want, Peter can send you some older items not previously tagged. Tagging them retroactively is useful to the project, but doesn't put them in the "primary" feed of new items received by subscribers. Hence, it makes a good "sandbox" or safe space for learning how to tag. Just drop Peter a line if you'd like to give this a try.
  • You might create your own hub on TagTeam, either to play with the software or to track (academic or research) on topics unrelated OA. If you do, then you'll have tagging rights in more than one hub — OATP plus your own hubs. When you tag a new item, the bookmarklet lets you choose which hub it will go to (in a pull-down menu in the upper left corner). By default new items go to the hub for which you most recently tagged.
  • Please only tag items that are on-topic. This is true for all TagTeam hubs. If you tag too many items unrelated to the hub topic, the hub owner may rescind your permission to tag for the hub. TagTeam wants to help researchers who create hubs to publish carefully curated feeds relevant to their topics.
  • Note that when you tag for a TagTeam hub, the hub owner and designated other users may change your tags. This is a feature, not a bug. In fact, it's the one feature that most inspired the the creation of TagTeam, given that many platforms already existed to support basic tagging. This feature enables TagTeam projects, like OATP, to manage the evolution of a folksonomy to an ontology, or to convert uncoordinated user-defined tags to a standard vocabulary of project-approved tags.