It is easy to think of metadata as a few information fields that you tack onto an article when you submit it to a CMS. In this vision, metadata is something fairly small, a triviality in comparison to the content itself. The reality is just the opposite; for any piece of content or data, the… Read More »
Sometimes microblogging questions require macroblogging answers. Here’s the conversation: @arh: Did @hixie really call XML a “disaster”? Is #techcomm aware of this? http://html5doctor.com/interview-with-ian-hickson-html-editor/ @mbakeranalecta: @arh XML is a disaster. Bad implementation of an essential concept. So is QWERTY. So it goes. @arh: @mbakeranalecta Generally agreed. What concerns me are the #techcomm folks who think XHTML… Read More »
The rant which follows was sparked by the following tweet from Gilbane Boston: #Content quality comes first, then worry about metadata and other #SEO shananigans – @Robert_Rose #gilbane Twitter is a context free medium, and a tweet from a conference presentation may well misrepresent the speaker’s intent, so I am very likely going to do… Read More »
Whenever the subject of metadata is discussed, the subject of metadata standards is sure to come up. Should you be using standardized metadata, or define metadata for yourself? Answering this question is no different for metadata than it is for screws or operating systems or paving stones or motor oil: it depends.
Every time I talk with someone about metadata, I have the feeling we are talking past each other, at least a little. We are both using the same word, “metadata”, but it often seems like we mean different thing by it. So, what does “metadata” mean? Metadata is simply data about data, or, to put… Read More »
In a recent blog post, Tom Johnson writes on The Importance of Chunking for Sorting. He also acknowledges that finely chunking content can cause problems when you try to retrieve that content with a query: