Dec. 19th, 2013

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[livejournal.com profile] aurora_84 asked me about my love of metadata.

I think what I love most about metadata is how it gives you this reason to really analyze a certain subject and figure out exactly how it works, what relationships there are - it forces you to come up with ways to describe things that are semantically meaningful and machine-readable. I love that you can use how you define things to provide inherited information that you don't need to explicitly state. Like you could classify something as a dog, and because you've made dog a subclass of mammal and animal, that dog will inherit all the information associated with all mammals and animals without you ever having to repeat or explicitly state that information. And the really important thing is that the computer can pick all that up too.

I also love the order of it all. As a librarian (in training) it's so frustrating to try to classify things in 2013 using these outdated content standards that are meant strictly for print materials. We want to be able to classify ALL THE THINGS. Sadly, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions don't make much use of those kinds of specialized metadata schemas. They tend to just stick with boring ass Dublin Core so that everything is as interoperable as possible. And I know it would require a ton of work and money to be able to use all these really specialized metadata schemas, but personally I wish they would just give us more money and hire more people! But obviously that IS in my self-interest.

As a huge nerd, I really enjoyed getting to study something I love (flags) for a class project for my metadata class. And it's also just so satisfying to get to make use of the fact that we have a fucking internet and can add so much more contextual information to documents and records to make it so much more useful just on the computer's end. Yeah, semantic web, bitches!

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