Some Notes on Metadata: A Book and Two New Programs

David Parry bio photo By David Parry

I finished reading David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous a couple of weeks ago. Not an amazing book, but worth the time. His thesis is pretty straight forward, but he does have many examples and cases to back up his analysis, many of which are outside of my field of knowledge so they were interesting to learn. I get the sense that the book is aimed at a wide audience rather than academics and thus he often does not go into nearly enough depth to consider the implications of what he is saying, or fails to recognize subtle important distinctions. (But like I said still worth a read, a good supplementary read—the kind of book you can read on a plane.)

I posted here before about the importance of Metadata, and how to keep research organized. While I still think Devon Think or Google Desktop is the way to go, there is another choice for Windows Users (see I am not Mac only): Tag and Facet. I haven’t tried it out, but if you are looking for a MetaData solution give it a try, and let me know what you think.

Related is Tagsahoy a site that lets you search all your online tags at once. This way you can search your tags at del.icio.us and flickr at the same time.