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- Also see our Introduction to TagTeam.
- A TagTeam hub is a social-tagging project. A hub allows approved members to tag web pages for the hub. A hub can also subscribe to feeds from elsewhere, publish its own feeds.
- Hubs get their input from three sources: (1) tags applied by hub members to external web pages, (2) feeds to which the hub subscribes, and (3) tag records imported from other tagging platforms such as Connotea. Hubs all their inputs from all three sources for deduping, back-up, export, modification, and searching.
- An item is the unit of TagTeam information. If you tag a news story in TagTeam, the item contains the URL of the story, all the tags you applied to the story, the "description" of the story you may have added at the time of tagging, the fact that you were the one (or one of the ones) who tagged it for TagTeam, and similar info. (Hence, we'll sometimes call items "tag records".) The item does not include the story itself. If a hub subscribes to a feed from elsewhere, the feed will deliver a stream of items to the hub. If a hub publishes its own feeds, each feed will deliver a stream of items to feed subscribers.
- The bookmarklet is the button on your browser bar that lets you tag web pages. If you have permission to tag for a hub, then you can find the bookmarklet in the "Bookmarks" tab. Near the top of that page is an underlined phrase "Add to TagTeam". Just drag that phrase to your browser bar. If you dn't have permission to tag for a given hub, you will not see that phrase on the hub's Bookmarks tab.
- A filter is a rule for modifying tags. Hub members with suitable privileges can create filters, for example, to replace a misspelled tag with a correctly spelled tag, to replace a deprecated tag with an approved tag. TagTeam can apply filters to individual items, to individual input feeds, or to the entire hub. Hub owners can use feeds to tidy up a chaotic collection of tags, or (more ambitiously) to control the evolution of a folksonomy of user-defined tags into a standard vocabulary or ontology of project-defined tags.
- A remix feed is a feed published by TagTeam consisting of some combination of other feeds. If your project has many tags, for example, A, B, C, D, and E, then a remix feed could contain just the items with tags A, B, and C, or just the items with A and B but not C. Hub owners can carefully create certain remix feeds and offer them to users. Or users with the right hub privileges can create their own.
- Go to TagTeam and sign up (create an account). If you've already signed up, then sign in.
- Once you have an account, you have the right to create your own hubs, tag for your own hubs, add members or users to your hubs, and so on.
- If you want to tag for a hub owned by someone else, you will need their permission. (Likewise, if others want to tag for one of your hubs, they will need your permission.) There are two ways to tag for a given hub: from within TagTeam itself and from another tagging service. Let's deal with these separately.
Using TagTeam as your tagging platform Create a TagTeam account. Go to the sign in page and sign up. You may now create TagTeam "hubs" or projects, and tag items for your own hubs. To tag items for OATP, take the next step. Log in to TagTeam and go to the OATP hub. Click on the Contact tab and fill out the web form, asking to participate in OATP as a tagger. We'll need your real name and a working email address. Our policy is to approve all requests to tag for OATP, and only withdraw approval for those who generate spam or persistently tag offtopic items. Approval requires a human action, and sometimes the relevant people are traveling or crunched. We'll act ASAP, and send you an email as soon as you're approved. Put the TagTeam's tagging bookmarklet in your browser bar and start tagging! Once you are authorized to tag for OATP (previous step), you can find the bookmarklet by logging in to TagTeam and the OATP hub, and clicking on the Bookmarks tab. Drag the "Add to TagTeam" link to your browser's bookmarks toolbar. Remember to use oa.new (the OATP primary tag) for all new items you want to include in the OATP primary feed (because they are OA-related and new in the last six months), and omit it from the items you want to exclude from the primary feed (for example, because they are not new). If you haven't already seen them, see the OATP tagging conventions and some of the more common OATP tags.  Using a platform other than TagTeam You may tag for OATP using any tagging platform which creates RSS (or Atom) feeds for its tags. This includes Connotea, CiteULike, Delicious, and many others. You do not need to use TagTeam itself and you do not need to create a TagTeam account. Create a tag for items you want OATP to include, for example, add2oatp, jane-add2oatp, 14159, or zebra. Call this your special tag. Your special tag may be any string of characters accepted as a tag by your chosen tagging platform. Figure out the URL of the RSS (or Atom) feed generated by your chosen tagging platform for your special tag. If your chosen tagging platform generates a feed for your use of the special tag, and a separate feed for general or total use of the same tag, then here you want to use the former. Open TagTeam, click on the Contact tab, and fill out the web form, asking to participate in OATP as a tagger. We'll need your real name, a working email address, the name of the tagging platform you want to use, and the URL of the RSS feed for your special tag. You needn't have a TagTeam account. If you have an account, you needn't be logged in. When you are approved, TagTeam's OATP hub will subscribe to the feed for your special tag. Use your special tag for all the items you want OATP to include, and omit it from all the items you want to OATP to exclude. If you use it for too many items unrelated to OATP, then OATP will unusubscribe from your feed. Similarly, use oa.new (the OATP primary tag) for all new items you want to include in the OATP primary feed (because they are OA-related and new in the last six months), and omit it from the items you want to exclude from the primary feed (for example, because they are not new). The OATP policy is to subscribe to all apparently relevant feeds, and only unsubscribe from those that generate spam or persistently tag offtopic items. If you apply many tags to the same item, including your special tag, then OATP will harvest all the tags you used. If you haven't already seen them, see the OATP tagging conventions and some of the more common OATP tags.
- To request permission, pick the target hub from the hub menu on the TagTeam front page. Once in the hub, pick the "Contact" tab. Fill out the web form and explain that you'd like to be approved to tag for the project. Note that approval requires an action from hub owner, who may be traveling or crunched. Some will act quickly and some may not.
- TagTeam hubs can publish carefully curated feeds of content relevant to the project. If tagging for a hub did not require permission, then spammers could undermine the value of the project feeds. (You may already know the problem well.) Determined spammers can still request permission to tag for a given hub, and if the crowd for that crowd-sourced project is large, the owners may not personally know all participants and grant permission. But the permission requirement means that TagTeam hub owners can revoke tagging permission from spammers.