Metadata und wie wir sie nutzen könnten

Peter Merholz schreibt über Metadata for the Masses und versucht, Ordnung in das vermeintliche Chaos zu bringen, das entsteht, wenn jeder fröhlich drauflostaggt, also Dinge mit einem Etikett verziert.

The potential benefits of free tagging should encourage practitioners to address such shortcomings. In looking for a real-world analog, I thought of the foot-worn paths that appear in a landscape over time. Called ?desire lines,? these trails demonstrate how a landscape?s users choose to move, which is often not on the paved paths. A smart landscape designer will let wanderers create paths through use, and then pave the emerging walkways, ensuring optimal utility.

Ethnoclassification systems can similarly ?emerge.? Once you have a preliminary system in place, you can use the most common tags to develop a controlled vocabulary that truly speaks the users? language.

Use the tags to understand how people consider the content at hand. Then you can ?pave? the best paths to ensure findability ? say, by explicitly linking ?nyc,? ?newyork,? and ?newyorkcity.? You can also align these tags with more formal schemes, thus enhancing the utility of both. Tools like the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Online could be used to make explicit relationships between ?nyc,? ?manhattan,? and ?harlem.

Damit wäre ein grosses Problem beseitigt, nur wird es langen, einfach Thesauri anzuzapfen?

Tagging war nett in 2004, aber 2005 wird es richtig spannend werden. Ethnoclassification als Begriff trifft das Thema sehr genau.

[via: Joho the Blog: Metadata without tears]