Point. Shoot. Kiss It Good-Bye.

David Weinberger, Wired, Oct 19, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Todd sent me this item from Wired looking at the difficulties surrounding the finding of a photo once you've taken it. Large image libraries, such as the Bettmann Archive (owned by Corbis), employ metataggers, but assigning metadata is more of a dark art than a science. "If, for example, Fraser doesn't recognize one of the figures in a cocktail party scene as Serena Williams and instead tags it "Nightlife," customers searching for photos of tennis stars won't find it, and it might as well not exist." The article looks at automated metatagging, and makes some worthwhile suggestions, but misses some key points: first, that context is going to be crucial to the creation of metadata, and second, that the creation of metadata will have to be a massively distributed, not centralized, enterprise.
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