Tim Bray on Technorati Tags: “I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about metadata and have written on the subject; the most important conclusion was: There is no cheap metadata. I haven’t seen anything to make me change my mind. …I think that it would be nice if a huge number of web pages converged [...]
The Clay Shirky spin on the ethnoclassification discussion is amusing. How such a large percentage of the community manages to discuss a classification technique without explicitly illustrating how it aids in retrieval misses the whole point of classification. But I’ve already covered that ground, so let’s move along to the more interesting, subtle developments. At [...]
I’ve been doing some product development consulting for a content-centric company, and started to wonder if ethnoclassification could benefit them somehow. I was hard-pressed to think of how, after the content was tagged, the tags would lead to better sets of content. Although they have a lot of content, they only have a few authors [...]
Jess has a great comparison of faceted and social classification, go read it now. It reminds me of another solution to the metacrap problem: distributed classification. It’s an approach I’ve seen in my last two big taxonomy-driven projects: a financial services firm’s website and a retailer’s CMS. In the case of the retailer, they have [...]
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Joe Clark points to the oh-so-handy Dublin Core Template. Adding proper metatags to your page couldn’t be much easier, ‘cept for the lack of XHTML support. In his Dubliners he correctly mourns the lack of Dublin Core metadata in the world. And while his idea of a self-organizing-web-through-metatags theory is fascinating, I don’t agree with [...]
The Database Knowledge Base has a nice collection of metadata articles. I finally found a useful introduction/overview article to the whole topic, Metadata Principles and Practicalities.
I’m following the RSS auto-this and aggregate-that discussions, and it’s all fascinating and sure to lead to some good blog browsing. But I’m not so sure what’s so rich about rich site summary. RSS is essentially headlines, links, and text. It’s ain’t rich media. Heck, it’s not even layout or visual design (don’t get me [...]
http://xfml.org ‘An open XML format to publish and share faceted metadata for websites.’ Could allow us to link among sites with more than just links, we could link by way of categories for example. But the low barrier of entry to blogging is what has made it so popular, so I hope tools for using [...]
Marc Rettig points to this RDF primer, originally authored by Tim Bray and later updated to reflect RDF 1.0. If you’re thinking about metadata for information access but haven’t explored XML yet, it’s a gentle introduction to RDF.