Monthly Archives: October 2004

Exploding the metadata myth

Many information managers and architects, myself included, went into battle in the 1990s over metadata: if content was properly labeled with adequate metadata at the point of creation, so the argument went, less effort would be expended later in the … Continue reading

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Technology: a tool or a system?

Depending on your point of view, you can see technology either as a tool that is wielded by humans and thus subject to our priorities and concerns; or as a system to which we as humans are subjected. Either you … Continue reading

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Process vs Content – which is more important

Which wears out more quickly or is damaged more easily in your experience? A CD/DVD, or the CD/DVD player? And when the latest medium is replaced by another (cassette by CD, CD by MP3, etc), how easy is it to … Continue reading

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Honesty of Labelling – limits of metadata

I know that I have the tendency to take the food metaphor very far when talking and writing about information processing and management, but that’s because it stands up. In the supermarket yesterday evening, I was looking at two different … Continue reading

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