By now, I am sure you are all aware of Pinterest – the well designed curation site allowing ease of sharing or as they put it “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.”
Pinterest is being touted as the next big thing in social media and as exemplifying a cosmic shift from search to discovery. While I have long been a fan of using social bookmarking tools like Diigo and Delicious to collect content for my blog, Pinterest takes this type of curation to a new more visually appealing level.
I think I will find it useful in organizing ideas and inspirations for shopping and reading and movie watching in my personal life and it is fascinating to see what my friends pin – from my shoe obsessed art director pal with impeccable taste to photography buffs and crafty crafters.
I can’t help but wonder, however, if the rich data collected from the participants will somehow mean that now we are all crowdsourcing market research. Like a giant digital focus group, we are telling advertisers what interests us and doesn’t. I see a future where my sidebars become even more Orwellian.
Street scenes instead of iconic landscapes on view now at the Los Angeles Public Library.
Did you know that there is an annual Taxonomy Bootcamp? Well, mark your calendars for October 16th and 17th, 2012.
I have been considering conferences or events that might prove useful to my position as a digital asset manager. Having attended DAM events in the past, focusing on one aspect of DAM like taxonomy and controlled vocabulary may prove beneficial.
Check out the astute observations on The Taxonomy Blog gleaned from the 2011 event Tweets. Sounds like trends at the event included using facets or term sets for ease of updates, the challenge and necessity of incorporating social media (folksonomy) into taxonomies, and taxonomy tools.
Are you in the enviable planning stage of a DAM project considering metadata fields? If so, check out this information from Another DAM blog and podcast on metadata standards.
Henrik de Gyor touches upon some of the core resources for metadata planning including the NISO guide to understanding metadata. This comprehensive guide covers metadata standards, creating metadata and other related topics like interoperability.
A newer valuable resource is the Visualization of the Metadata Universe by Jen Riley. “The sheer number of metadata standards in the cultural heritage sector is overwhelming, and their inter-relationships further complicate the situation. This visual map of the metadata landscape is intended to assist planners with the selection and implementation of metadata standards.”
Examining these resources when planning metadata will provide a solid foundation from which you can incorporate and create elements specific to your organization’s needs. One of my favorite tactics is creating a “metadata mashup” by combining elements from several different schemas in a customized manner. For instance, I like to use Dublin Core, IPTC and VRA Core for a lot of image related cataloging.
Here are five things to explore this week:
- Hack Library School comments on the SOPA/PIPA situation.
- Want to read about the Library of Congress Flickr experiment?
- Check out the basics of taxonomy use and maintenance.
- What is generation flux?
- Interested in best practices for email images?
Check out these comprehensive wikis created by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The User Guide provides an in-depth overview of Dublin Core and linked data.
Creating Metadata continues the saga, going into detail about the process of producing resources, properties and values for each DC element. The tables and examples are invaluable.
Finally, Publishing Metadata explains how to properly utilize DCMI metadata as linked data, code and all.
Going beyond the information available on the main Dublin Core website, this series of wikis really gets to the core of Dublin Core.