Abstract: I created a new interface for SemanticScuttle, a free, open-source, self-hosted social bookmarking service. It allows you to build a vast database of web articles on your own web space.
Over the last three years, I have saved, tagged and excerpted 4.224 bookmarks. My collection serves as a personal chronicle as well as a cabinet of curiosities. It has proven useful both for journalistic research and for ending chat arguments by providing statistical data. Up until June, I had stored all of these links in my Delicious account. As is well known, the service has become increasingly unusable due to various usability improvements. Ultimately, I felt the benefits I received did not make up for the value my links provided to the proprietors of Delicious.
A few weeks ago I’ve had enough and decided to migrate all bookmarks to my own personal web space using SemanticScuttle 0.98.5. SemanticScuttle, built by Christian Weiske, is a fork of Scuttle. It features pretty much everything you need for building a database of web articles. It even supports structured tags and collaborative tag description. Both the CMS and the Firefox plug-in work quite well. If you plan to switch, I suggest you’d give it a try. (more…)