I have heard people saying cataloging is dead now, with metadata being the new sexy direction.
To me they are the same thing.
So I’m interested in what “metadata” means to you?
How do you use it?
How seriously are you committed to it?
Sevetal years ago loading photos onto Flickr I got bored taking time for descriptors, adding pottery to every picture in my folder of pictures of craft. I got lazy.
Then I went to a library conference where the always provocative @malbooth pointed out that if as information professionals we weren’t adding tags, locations, any descriptors the medium offered to the information we were posting, then we weren’t serious about our profession. I was annoyed at him; and then I decided he was right. So I add in where I am on all my Instagram posts, and use meaningful hashtags in my tweets.
However writing this blog post I realised that the new Facebook tags that pop up (politics, world news, food, work & money) irritate me because I feel controlled and so I have rejected them. Additional tags on my blog posts other than my arbitrary thoughts/library offering would also help people find posts directly relevant to them.
So I guess I need to think more about whether I am trying to share information or just vent.
Sharing requires the work of metadata.
What does metadata mean to you?