Posts tagged with 'metadata'
The next phase of filtering will center on the evolution of the “Semantic Web,” which Ashish Soni, who directs the Information Technology Program at the University of Southern California, describes as an interactivity evolution a step beyond aggregation that aims to makes information more meaningful and useful. According to an article co-authored by Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited with founding the web, the semantic evolution “lets users engage in the sort of serendipitous reuse and discovery of related information that’s been a hallmark of viral web uptake.”
“Meta tagging” as we know it today is just the beginning. The Semantic Web builds upon any metadata (e.g. hyperlinks, location, time, movement or categories) to infer greater meaning from information. (more…)
Publishers are increasingly concerned about “information overload,” and some believe that technology has made this worse. In an Economist.com debate, Richard Szafranski argued that technology has created “over-choice,” which he described as a “human response to alternatives and variations so numerous, so potentially satisfying and so complex that humans can no longer decide easily.” Our time is limited and the more choices we have, the more time it takes to choose.
However, Clay Shirky claims that information overload has been a problem long before the digital age, as anyone has experienced entering a library or bookshop. Ever since the amount of available books exceeded a person’s ability to read them, the central problem has been filter failure. “We had a set of filters that we were used to, but are now broken,” Shirky points out. The media organizations that help solve filter failure by making information more relevant will control the new decentralized online distribution channels. Independent media has more power to solve this problem by sharing data and working together. (more…)