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  • This FAQ has been rewritten to reflect the transition of OATP from its old platform, Connotea, to its new platform, TagTeam. But so far it only covers the basics. We will enlarge it over time.

How do I get started?

To get started as a reader, just start reading the primary project feed.

To get started as a tagger (someone who helps build the feeds for readers), just start tagging OA-related news and comment.

  • Although OATP runs on TagTeam, you needn't use TagTeam as your tagging platform for OATP. You may use any tagging platform that creates RSS feeds from each tag.
  • Once you decide which tagging platform to use, see the TagTeam manual section on tagging for instructions on the next steps, whether you want to tag from TagTeam itself or another tagging platform.
  • Familiarize yourself with the most common project tags, as well as the project tagging conventions.

OATP welcomes new readers and taggers!

What's in the primary project feed?

The goal is for the primary project feed to include all new OA-related developments. In practice, it includes the new OA developments noticed and tagged by participating taggers.

We already do a pretty good job in meeting the goal. But we could do better if we had more taggers, especially in countries, languages, fields, and niches not already well-covered.

What's in the secondary project feeds?

The secondary feeds are limited to OA subtopics. For example, you can subscribe to a feed of items tagged with oa.biology or oa.brazil or oa.business_models or any other project tag. You can even create a remix feed consisting of any combination of project tags.

The feeds are missing things. How can we make them more comprehensive?

Become a tagger and tag items yourself. Recruit other taggers.

The feeds are too voluminous. How can we make them less comprehensive?

If the primary feed is too voluminous, then try one or more secondary feeds. That is, instead of subscribing to a feed of all new OA developments, regardless of their subtopics, subscribe instead to feeds on just the OA subtopics you care about. You can subscribe to separate secondary feeds separately or you can braid them together into a single "remix" feed.

How do I search the project feeds?

Use the TagTeam search engine for the OATP hub (at the bottom of the left sidebar). You needn't have a TagTeam account to do so. The search engine covers all the OATP tag records back to the launch of the project in 2009. For more details, see the section of the TagTeam manual on searching.

Does OATP support user-defined tags?

Yes. See the OATP tag syntax for details on creating new project tags.

When OATP launched in 2009, it had only one official tag, oa.new. All the rest were user-defined. Now it has a longer list of official tags, in effect codifying the usage of its users into a standard vocabulary. But it continues to support user-defined tags and always will.

We developed TagTeam to support a vision of "folksonomy in / ontology out" and get the best of both worlds. As users introduce useful new tags, we can approve and recommend them, and add them to OATP's standard vocabulary. In addition, TagTeam lets us convert deprecated tags to approved tags, automatically, and OATP takes advantage of that power. For more detail on how TagTeam supports the automatic conversion of selected tags, see the section of the TagTeam manual on tag filters.

What's the difference between OATP and TagTeam?

OATP is a social-tagging project. Participants use tags for sharing new developments about OA, and organizing knowledge of the field.

TagTeam is software to support social-tagging projects. It calls these projects "hubs", and OATP is one hub within TagTeam.

OATP could run on almost any tagging platform, and when it launched in 2009 it ran on Connotea. However, existing tagging platforms did not have all the features we wanted and we developed our own, TagTeam. For more background on TagTeam itself, and the features we wanted that didn't exist in other tagging platforms, see our Introduction to TagTeam.