358RE: Metadata and content reuse
- Oct 3, 2005Hi Seth,
We are gleaning a certain amount of Metadata from the
folder structure, which we have cleaned up quite a bit
to reflect a basic level of product information and
groupings. This may not be extensible in the future
however, as we need to start populating some content
with multiple values.
We also have only a general sense of what we want our
end state to be, and figuring out the right level of
granularity in content, and the right amount of reuse
will be discovered only after we try things out, and
that's always a difficult sell.
My sense of how data differs from content rests on the
complexity of how content can be consumed differently
in different contexts. Those differences can be
modeled, but at some point the complexity seems to
require more work than seems reasonable to maintain.
While you can build crosswalks and mappings to
translate data into another schema, translating
content doesn't really work that way.
Narrative flow and language tuning are more difficult
beasts to modify stategically than data formats or
changing table structures. Content writers have more
at stake than a mainframe repository; they also know
more about why the content was built in a certain way.
Information mapping, as Marcel suggested, is a good
model, but we are a very de-centralized organization
and its unlikely something that controlled could ever
be fully implemented. We spend a lot of time trying
to get people to voluntarily follow standards.
Historically Metadata has not been respected by the
business proponents, but now we have the developers
clamoring for it as a solution to content reuse
There's an opportunity to finally start implementing
useful taxonomies - and a danger that it will be
oversold as a solution to any content issue.
--- Seth Earley <seth@...> wrote:
> Hi Susan,************************************
> How are you auto populating your metadata? That is
> always a challenge. Too
> many fields and it becomes too cumbersome. Other
> than date and author and
> the easy ones, what else have you populated
> How are you finding the content and data
> requirements differing? I have
> been talking to data modelers and taxo people about
> the need to collaborate.
> Have you been pulling those types of teams together
> or are you finding
> separate initiatives?
> I know there have been others facing the same
> challenges here. Other
> -----Original Message-----
> From: TaxoCoP@yahoogroups.com
> [mailto:TaxoCoP@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf
> Of Susan Hensley
> Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 1:19 PM
> To: TaxoCoP@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [TaxoCoP] New Members
> Hi Seth and all,
> I am working on creating a metadata and content
> to support content reuse across a financial web
> This implies a "vocabulary" for our xml document
> structure, as well as a real controlled vocab of
> products, services and topics that we'd like to be
> able to build to serve our content model use cases.
> Right now we have a few metadata fields with decent
> autopopulated values, and an implicit taxonomy in
> folder structures.
> I am starting to become more of a "data modeler" as
> part of my Information Architect identity and it's
> very interesting - but requirements for *content*
> to me to be a little different than requirements for
> *data* and there is less information on how to
> translate those requirements into models, but then
> I've just begun to use UML models.
> Anyone else here working on similar issues?
> --- Seth Earley <seth@...> wrote:
> > Try this again.
> > My last note was cut off.
> > As I said , we've had a number of new members
> > When you join, you enter a short reason why you
> > interested in the group
> > and some have told me who they are and what
> > they are with.
> > So perhaps I could encourage more of you to send a
> > brief introduction and
> > tell us something about the projects you are
> > on.
> > The goal is to know who our community is and to
> > if people are working on
> > similar projects. This way we have a better
> > of stimulating dialog.
> > A lot of people are new to this and may be
> > to post. I encourage
> > you to simply tell us who you are and why you are
> > interested in the topic.
> > Thanks!
> > Seth
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: TaxoCoP@yahoogroups.com
> > [mailto:TaxoCoP@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf
> > Of seth_earley
> > Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 11:58 PM
> > To: TaxoCoP@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: [TaxoCoP] New Members
> > We've had a number of new members join. Everyone
> > puts something in
> > the note to me in the list workpaced escribing
> > they do. But I
> > don't actually post those here.
> > Take a minute and put something along the lines
> > and part of the
> > project we worked
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
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