Metadata save publishing?

Metadata, Not E-Books, Can Save Publishing…Nick Ruffilo, O’Rielly.

Metadata is king. I will repeat this as it is important. Metadata is king.

I need not go through the barrage of articles and statistics that show that publishing is in a minor state of panic. Revenues are down and until recently (past 1-2 years) many publishers were unsure how they should play with e-books (many are still not completely settled in their e-strategy). The reason that e-books will not save publishing is that all they are is another format. E-books will not revolutionize reading, nor will they change the content. I’ve seen some social reading projects (copia) but they are in beta and I cannot make a prediction if readers are willing to accept a completely new reading experience….

….The book Paradox of Choice talks about how people tend to shut down when shown too many options. If you’re a seasoned book buyer, when you walk into a bookstore (or are browsing Amazon or another online retailer) you know exactly where to go for bargain-bin books, where your favorite genre is located, and where the new releases section….
A comment underscores the need for standards and skilled librarians. It isn’t about gatekeeping, but rather content tagging can become chaotic.

Blog comment:(Sholar) “The problem with relying on metadata for capturing “qualities” data is that the quality of the metadata itself is often suspect. Big issue: Within whose conceptual or aesthetic framework are the tags created and applied? That is, the usefulness of the tag framework will become as much the issue as the content itself. How to avoid arbitrariness in a tag framework? Which tag/semantic hierarchy wins? Who/what can help us out here?”

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