2 Responses to The Perils of Describing Digital Resources

  1. Pat says:

    I feel for you, I really do.
    Metadata is mad as anything – I’ve just spent about an hour trying to make an RSS feed work from the Wall Street Journal – and I had to work out that it was a metadata error on their part which made it go wrong. If huge news organisations can’t do it accurately, then how can anyone else do it properly.
    I reached the moment I never wanted to ever see metadata ever again – but then I thought – is the problem here not of creation – as nothing is persay – created with metadata – and that metadata – in the real world – is applied retrospectively. Blairism isn’t born at it’s inception (ergh on the english) but once a collection of similar traits can be identified.
    So imagine the film is used by different people in different ways – let the usage of the film influence the metadata, or *whispers* create the metadata.

    • Isabelle Brent says:

      I guess all the discussion of meta-data in the lists should have warned me that it is much more complex than it looks. I think the problem is ‘retro-fitting’ meta-data. It probably worked well when subject librarians were applying information to refereed journal articles but the democratization of academic writing means that it is increasingly left to the writer themselves to add appropriate meta-data. However, they do not have the experience of librarians and digital resources seem very difficult to apply information to.
      I’m trying hard to listen to the ‘whispers’ but right now they seem to be whispering (or shouting) different things!

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