Why Metadata is King of Content
It has been intriguing this semester to keep a keen on metadata in the news. I did this in perhaps the most rudimentary way available – using a saved Google search for “metadata”. Even using this rudimentary means the results have been near refreshed daily with articles. While these articles are typically small news pieces, monitoring these pieces has been, if nothing else, enlightening to observe how the term metadata is used, at what lengths an explanation is attempted, and the context in which metadata is presented.
In this article from Forbes metadata is presented as the key to unlocking the treasure trove of entertainment material created before the digital age. The article notes that the lack of metadata for many items and the lack of an industry standard metadata standard present obstacles even after the problem of manpower for the conversion of analog materials to digital formats is solved.
As a hopeful soon-to-be graduate this caught my attention as an area where our skills in information management may be employed in an industry outside traditional libraries. Further, an enterprising information professional may well devise, or at least make an attempt at devising, a system that would meet the needs of organizations which have a need to bring material into the digital realm with proper organization.