There's a need within the occupation movement to connect people doing similar work in different locations together so they can share best practices, coordinate activities and collaborate. One challenge is that different groups use different terms to describe their work so it's hard to equate one group with another. For example: the "Kitchen Working Group" at Occupy Wall Street performs the same tasks as the "Food Committee" of Occupy Philly.
To remedy this situation, we advocate creating a set of harmonized groupings that can be used to standardize the names people use to describe their work.
 Occupy.net News Categories
The following categories are being used to label items from feeds being syndicated through news.occupy.net. Each feed should be attached to one sub-category from the "source" section, and one sub-category from the "location" section if applicable.
- New England
- South Central
- South East
- South West
- West Coast
 Sources of Occupy Taxonomy
- OWSne.ws Index: An aggregate of the categories and tags used by 30 popular occupy websites in the NYC area.
- InterOccupy.net Tags: A list of tags created by InterOccupy coordinators to help them categories events, hubs, etc.
- Wiki Categories List is the naturally emerging list of categories used in this wiki.
- Occupy.net Vocab is an effort to create a semantic language for Occupy.net web properties.
- CSV of extracted terms from the Managing News installation active for a few months at newswire.occupy.net. 594 rows. This list included explicitly entered terms & terms created by automatic extraction.
- Vocab development at the Global Square
 Harmonized Tags
We need to create some standards for classifying information on occupy.net solutions and beyond.
The first set of solutions who's language should begin to sync is the wiki categories, newswire channels and idea tags, interoccupy topics, newswire topics, etc.
The general information management workflow I'm envisioning is that people will select topics that they find interesting and take some responsibility for the quality of that topic's newswire feeds, idea feeds and wiki categories. To do that we need to sync the categories/tags between these tools.
Venues to harmonize:
The newswire system collects rss feed items along with a certain amount of meta data that includes the tags' output with content items in popular open source cms's (wordpress, drupal, joomla) as well as services like tumblr and blogger. The newswire can automatically add tags when it sees certain tags have been used. For example, if an item is tagged with the word 'school', the system can automatically tag it with 'education' and publish it to the 'education' channel, which easily be syndicated on a wide variety of blogs. When people can easily create content channels, they'll be able to get a lot more of the information they want.
So, standardizing these channels is a big task... and there's a big hurdle: newswire.occupy.net, the wiki and ideas don't have any mechanism to sync categories/tags, so we need to do it manually for now.
Below is the 'Tags' template. The words on the left are the 'topics', which would be synced between the wiki, newswire and ideas, and the words on the right are 'tags', which automatically get filtered into the topics.
Harmonized Groupings: Topics & Tags
||Accounting, Budget, Finance, Treasury
||Action, Civil Disobedience, DA, Direct Action
||Mutual Aid, Library
||Art, Arts & Culture, Culture, Design, Painting, Sculpture
||How-To, Minutes, Notes, Note-taking, Reference Guide, Script, Technical Documentation, User Guide, Wiki
||Classes, Learning, School, Skillshare, Teaching, University
||Agriculture, Farm, Kitchen, Meals, Vegetables, PermaCulture
||Foreclosures, Homeless, Houseless, Shelter
||Communication, Community, Deescalation, Mediation, Nonviolent Communication, NVC, Security
||Legal, Lawyers, Police, Jail Support
||Inventory, Sanitation, Shipping, SIS, Storage, Warehouse, Waste
||Commercial, Headline, Image, News, Photo, Press, Production, Video
||Clinic, Health, Medic, Medicine
||Coordination, InterOcc, Interoccupy, InterOccupation, CoC, Committee of Correspondence, Movement Building
||Cohousing, Coworking, Ecovillage, Intentional Community, Occupation, Office
||Environment, Environmental, Nature, No Nuclear, Permaculture, Public Transit, Public transport, Public Transportation, Renewable Power
||Hack, Hardware, Internet, Security, Software, Tech, TechOps, Web, Website
||i18n, Multilingual, Languages
||A content item created by an individual describing their opinion.
||A piece of content that was agreed upon by a group of individuals.
||Notes from a meeting that multiple people attend
||Information about an event taking place in time/space
||A document that provides supportive information
||A statement that brings attention to something
||Content item contains a video
||Content item contains audio
||Content item contains an image
||Agreed upon by an assembly through a consensus process.
||Published through a group operated communication channel.
||Published as content on another website.
||Published by an independent individual.
 Occupy Austin Model
In Austin [] we tried a kind of experimental grouping system based on affinity or activity types. Despite new groups constantly forming and old groups going in-active, the relative percentages of each grouping has pretty well maintained. The Occupy Austin Creative Technologies [] group created a style blog for each harmony. We felt that the groupings provided an open and yet structured framework for groups to navigate. Some of the names we chose are a bit kitschy, but we thought it gave the overall a feel of gamefication.
|Harmonized Tag: Austin Model
|Body & Wellness
||Food, Sanitation, Medics, Health, Clinic, Environmental, Holistic
|Mind & Spirit
||GA, Press, Finance, Treasury, Facilitation, Moderation, Translation
||InterOccupation, Movement Building, Occupy the Hood
||Info, Minutes, Website, Video, Art, Culture, Social Media, Library
|On The Ground
||Direct Action, Civil Disobedience, Security, Marches
||Internet, Tech, Sustainability, Inventory, Transportation, Storage
 NYCGA.net Forums
Discussion about group categories is taking place here.
Jack Smith created a flow chart that visualizes the relationships between different working groups of the NYCGA. His categories can be used as to inform the harmonized groupings.
 Top Level Categories
- Occupy the System (alternatives?)
- Occupy Labor (leftists outreach)
- Social Equity
 See Also
 External Links