From the NYPL vintage holiday postcard digital collection.
5 things to round out a successful 2011 with almost 10K blog hits. Thanks, readers!
- Want to read about supporting open source tools for digital preservation?
- Would you like to add presets/templates using the Adobe Metadata panel?
- Read about how UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) is digitizing everything.
- Do you like the smell of a real library? A perfumer has captured that special scent.
- Does the NYT think the future of computing will include genetic data storage?
BONUS: 34 Photoshop tutorials…
In it they restate that the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) in London, the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) have banded together to take the issue of data persistence one step further by proposing that permanent metadata be applied to images, text, audio and video files.
The piece raises important questions such as when cameras, mobile phones and other devices evolve to include more and more specific information embedded into files that they create, what are the ramifications of having identifying information included in every single digital file?
The manifesto is at present just a document but raises an important discussion about the sort of information being stored within metadata, and that your content-creation devices are probably capturing more data than you think.
IMDB listing for White Christmas.
There is a post on ZDNet by Dana Gardner that is getting a lot of social media action. Here is the summary:
Metadata-driven data virtualization and improved orchestration can help provide the inclusion and scale to accomplish far better data management. Such access then leads to improved integration of all information into an approachable resource for actionable business activities.
Indeed, this post is chock full of enterprise metadata catch phrases and terms ranging from those that are comprehensible like unstructured data and GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) to those that require some thinking like holistic data set and actionable data.
The panel of experts featured bring up some excellent points, however. One of my favorites is from Noel Yuhanna of Forrester Research “Obviously, you can’t boil the ocean, but I think you want to start with some data which becomes more valuable, and this comes back to the point that you talked about as the right data. Start with the right data and look at those data points that are being shared and consumed by many users, business users, and that’s going to be valuable for the business itself.”
The over-arching theme is that data is being created and consumed at breakneck speeds. Organizations are dealing with many disparate systems, user groups, contributors, stakeholders and levels of data quality. Virtualization and orchestration is about distilling, integrating and using the best data efficiently.
In case you are still doing holiday shopping, books are always a great gift. Here is a great guide from my favorite design blog Design Sponge.
The Design Sponge team has impeccable taste and the books featured in this guide are unique and lovely. From Vogue: The Covers to Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, this list offers something for everyone.
Mushrooms, department stores, Laura Ingalls Wilder and the guy who built a toaster from scratch instead of buying one at Target, this list is as fun to read as the books featured. Happy holidays!