why correct metadata is important


I was just looking at a Mallory Ortberg piece about paintings inaccurately tagged as being about seduction.

(It’s hilarious, of course, but then again all of her stuff is.  She’s my hero.)

This actually brings up a good point, though: if descriptive metadata had been appropriately applied to these paintings, maybe Wikipedia wouldn’t categorize them so obviously incorrectly.  Librarians, take note.  While it would mean missing out on humorous web articles like this one, it would in the long run lead to more effectively categorized and therefore searchable data if we just put a little more effort into descriptive metadata characterization.


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