EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

A blog for medical students, faculty and librarians about their use of evidence based medicine, clinical literature, Web 2.0, sources and search strategies

Web 2.0: Create your own Tag Clouds with Wordle… Amazing!

Wordle is an elegant program that allows anyone to create their own Tag Clouds from words they choose, tags from a blog they like, an RSS feed or a Del.icio.us account.  Wordle is free.  It was created by Jonathan Feinberg, who works for IBM Research.

You can create your own Tag Cloud and then rearrange it to your liking by changing fonts, color palettes or whether the layout of the tags is horizontal or vertical (or a bit of both). It is as fascinating as playing chess!

What I found most interesting is to view how the algorithm ranks words or tags taken from the source you choose.

Here are three examples of Wordle tag clouds which I made the other day.  The first two Tag Clouds use words found on this blog:

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Here is a Tag Cloud created from cutting and pasting an evidence-based medicine handout used for instruction:

All Images – Coutesy of http://wordle.net – All rights reserved – Copyright 2008

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One response to “Web 2.0: Create your own Tag Clouds with Wordle… Amazing!

  1. Pingback: Academic Libraries, Faculty, Research on Scholarly Communications & Libraries: 2008 Ithaka Report « EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

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