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Thursday, December 02, 2004

The increasing importance of meta data

Ian sent me an interesting article in Wired today about the importance of meta data in a world where we are all creating an increasing amount of difficult to categorise data.

This came about after I started discussing an idea I'd had about the problem of meta data creation yesterday. For a large organsiation, putting great swathes of content online is one thing - allocating resource to tag it all is another!

I'd been thinking about the Wikipedia approach after a presentation from Jimmy Wales earlier this week and figured 'why not let the users do it?' After all - not only are you granting access to your content, you're allowing communities to build around it and develop a sense of ownership as a consequence. I've no idea if this would work, but then again, neither did Jimmy when he launched Wikipedia - and look at what's happened there!

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