3 Responses to “Apples and Oranges”

  1. offbeatonpurpose November 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    #1 everytime you make a list of items using one or two words for each thing – you’re creating metadata
    #2 you and the engineer both solve problems
    #3 give up on happiness – seek joy (its hiding in truth)

    I wrote a paper about MeSH a year ago and realized that the tree & branches should be what our metadata looks like. See image at top of this page: http://wikidoc.org/index.php/Medical_Subject_Headings

    Signed: One of Kelly Gonzalez’ (TX) students.

    • salgore November 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      In the most general sense, yes, you can say that creating a list of things is creating metadata, however in the specific realm of information systems, that won’t fly. You must either know or create – and subsequently follow – standards to insure operability. There are issues that require understanding of code. I think part of the problem I’ve seen in our profession is that we fail to recognize the complexity. There really ARE a whole lot of things in managing data that cross into and/or come out of computer science more than library science. We should embrace this as the opportunity to learn new things.

      And heck no! I’m not about to give up on happiness. I’m a happy (and pretty joyful) person. There’s nothing trite about happiness at all. I’m happy to have it. 🙂


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