Scuttle

http://scuttle.org/

Everyone has heard of del.icio.us.  I use it to keep track of my bookmarks that I want to share with other people.  But what if I could have my own del.icio.us server?  Then I could do projects with groups of people and all the tags we create would be limited to the people in our group.

To get an idea of what I’m talking about, go to del.icio.us and search for the tag: flash.  You’ll get more than 182,000 links.  Many of those links will connect to pages with information about Macromedia Flash, but there will be plenty of other things to sift through: flash drives, flash bulbs, flash arrests…

More importantly, most of them will not deal with Flash items that can be used in an educational environment.

I want to have a site where my students can go and enter URLs for sites that have educational multimedia activities.  I want my students to put in tags that relate to these sites: arithmetic, chemistry, elementary reading, etc.  I don’t want all this work to “disappear” in a sea of millions of delicious links.

Using Scuttle I have created my own delicious server.  It even workings with any program that uses the del.icio.us API.  It takes a few minutes to install.  You download the package

http://sourceforge.net/projects/scuttle

and uncompress it on your server.  Create a MySQL database.  Import the provided database table.  Edit the provided profile file to include the name of your database, username and password.  That’s it.

I have already setup three different instances of the scripts.  I use one for my own bookmarks.  The others I use for student projects.  For my own bookmark, I exported my current bookmarks from my browser and used the built-in Scuttle tool to import them into the database.  Now all my new bookmarks go right into Scuttle.

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6 Responses to Scuttle

  1. That’s an interesting idea. I could see some uses, especially if you can get a critical mass of people using it. With RSS feeds, you could pull the various categories to build custom, dynamic portal pages.

    Still, I like to share links on delicious, too. There would inevitably be cases where I would want links to go to one place, or the other, or both. I’d have to think through how this would work.

    It might be more helpful to have an agreed-upon default tag to use in delicious in addition to the other tags. For example, if everyone in my school district used “bbhcsd” as a tag, it would be easy to filter the links without sacrificing the ability to share the links. I wonder if there’s a way to configure the delicious plugin to automatically add a tag to anything bookmarked.

    One benefit Scuttle would have, though, is that it wouldn’t be blocked by the Internet filter. It may be easier to justify allowing access to a closed community like that than to something like delicious.

  2. alvin says:

    I still use delicious. Scuttle and delicious both have tools that permit importing and exporting. There is probably something that could even synchronize the two (if I looked into it).

    For group projects I can never get everyone in the group to play by the rules. Whenever I have specified a custom tag, too many people don’t use it and I lose people from the group. Having my own server eliminates that problem.

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  6. Favorites says:

    I’m very happy to use scuttle script on my own site.
    I add only mine favourites links and use different usernames for differents niches and themes.
    Very useful site.

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