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Questions and Possibilities: The Four-Dimensional Future of Metadata

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Canadian Metadata Forum, National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Lecture, Sept 20, 2003.

I authored this presentation during the day at the Canadian Metadata Forum, being asked to summarize and represent the overall findings of the conference that day. Here are my notes. This is what I came up with: 1. Resources What is the nature of things? Is a rose, by any other name, still a rose?  2. Descriptions To describe is to perceive, but each of us is alone in our perceptions…  3. Time – that most unreal of dimensions – is the only dimension unchanged in the digital world. 4. Community. Who Am I? Questions of authentication, etc., for data management, but not just that…



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