Monday, August 28, 2006

Stop the War on Metadata

Stop the War on Metadata by Jeffrey Beall appeared in the Library Journal for July 15, 2006.
For decades, metadata has been at the core of librarianship. In recent years, however, there has been a growing revolt that threatens metadata-enabled searches in favor of full-text searching. If the revolt succeeds, full-text searching will make metadata as rare as card catalogs, thus leaving information discovery at the mercy of keyword searching and whatever murky relevancy ranking a search engine provides.

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