In the text of Chapter 4 of William Badke’s, Research Strategies. I learned about the usage of a vital word called metadata. Metadata is used to interpret how information is stored. According to Badke, “The metadata comes in a form of a “record,” that is a short description of the data.” So basically it’s a list of keywords that can identify a specified topic or word in order to narrow down your search. Therefore, in a database engine, what is being searched will be the metadata instead of the data itself. In this chapter Badke, presents the reader with how every day information is stored and identify into this term called the metadata. Metadata can be relevant and compared to all sources of information in our every day use such as phone numbers, street addresses, and supermarket rows. The metadata is usually stored in specific categories or labels that can enable you to access the information quicker. Without these specified categories or labels no system will be able to determine your research and let’s face it in reality we will all be completely disoriented without the help and advantages of knowing where a product belongs or even yet where it can be found.
In the article, Folksonomy: A Game of High-tech (and High-stakes) Tag, by Jessica Dye, I learned about the concept of folksonomy. According to this article the term of folksonomy was brought into existence in 2005, when an information architect named Thomas Vander Wal, combined the words of taxonomy and folk to explained the rapid sensation of having metadata transform and grow into the usage of tags. These tags represent different words to define and narrow down the certain topic of research or discussion that is being used in these blogs and/or articles. These tags are typically handle by the users and owners of these blogs who search for every day information in the database. They are able to access quickly their posts in these blogs by the tags that they have chosen. Dye states, “Applications, sites, and new uses for tags have been spreading like wildfire, so much so that major Internet commerce companies are starting to invest serious attention (and funds) in making these home-grown taxonomies part of their systems.” I personally feel that many of these actions can be witness as they are already in undergoing process as we speak, for example, sometimes by putting our tags as keywords in search engines like Google, our posts that are done in WordPress can be easily located because of these tags. Many sites are also taking part into this phenomenon by including things called cloud tags. Cloud tags are a list of tags that can help you retrieve your stored information that are included or labeled within your posts.
In the article by Horatia Harrod, I learned about how important Flickr is. For those who might be unaware of this site, Flickr is a social networking site where you can add a collection of your own personal photographs or videos. Flickr is mainly popular for it’s photographs. In this site you are able to join groups and communicate with others who have similar interests as you. According to this article, the only drawback that I see is how you are only able to upload one picture per day. This can be pretty much exciting or upsetting to the users who can only relay on one perfect photo to upload for a day. Flickr is another site that carries on the trend of having tags and/or tag clouds in order to locate and access a photograph. As a result, of this growing expansion, surprisingly other companies and institutions are starting to take part and invest their work of photographs in a hope for having other users recognize their business.