Survival of the Fittest Tag
Posted by repplinger
As I watch my daughter play matching games, I can’t help to make a connection to learning metadata. From her toy basket, she pulls out one toy at a time, and places it with something she considers similar. I watch as she groups all of the toy animals together, then the toys are rearranged by color, categorized another time by size, and so forth. Sometimes her groupings don’t make sense (to me), so I ask how the toys are organized. She’ll say something like “these are girls and those are boys,” or “all of these live in the water.”
This links to a great article about the importance of metadata, and I’ll write another post about metadata in the future as time permits. I believe this generation and the following will really need to know how to create and manage metadata. In the Information Age, data continues to drift around, being posted to the general public and then being pulled, taken out of context to mash with other bits of information.
I wonder what role librarians will play in teaching people how to access info. Will they push the importance of metadata creation, location, access, retention, and preservation. We already do that to some degree, and we get some assistance as new technologies emerge to help with the daunting task of metadata management, such as Google’s Desktop Search or Microsoft’s Windows Search.
Technology can help, but it isn’t foolproof. The best method it to learn how to manage metadata. I wonder if metadata management will be a future industry someday, maybe something like what libraries do already. 🙂
Folksonomies have emerged as a means to create order in a rapidly expanding information environment whose existing means to organize content have been strained. This paper examines folksonomies from an evolutionary perspective, viewing the changing conditions of the information environment as having given rise to organization adaptations in order to ensure information “survival” — remaining findable. This essay traces historical information organization mechanisms, the conditions that gave rise to folksonomies, and the scholarly response, review, and recommendations for the future of folksonomies.