Cory Doctorow on Why Metadata Won’t Work

As valid today as it was when it was meant to drive a stake through the heart of semantic web in 2001.  Read it here…

You and me are engaged in the incredibly serious business of creating information. Here in the Info-Ivory-Tower, we understand the importance of creating and maintaining excellent metadata for our information.

But info-civilians are remarkably cavalier about their information. Your clueless aunt sends you email with no subject line, half the pages on Geocities are called “Please title this page” and your boss stores all of his files on his desktop with helpful titles like “UNTITLED.DOC.”

Read it all.  Really…

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