Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Metadata Update #16 - Metadata in Popular Culture

There haven't been a lot of news on the metadata front for libraries over the summer.  While people have been busy learning and applying the new standards, reading the updates, and being busy catching up on things in general, we haven't seen much that is entirely new.  However, there has been a lot of buzz about metadata in the popular, especially U.S., media about metadata and how it can be collected and used by governments and others to track what we do and what our relationships are.

Here is a 6 minute pod-cast from NPR radio which talks about both the U.S. government use of metadata and cell phone calls and how even our gmail metadata can be used to get a sense of what a person's relationships are and how they are progressing:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/08/22/214172709/how-a-look-at-your-gmail-reveals-the-power-of-metadata

If you were able to do my mini-MOOC, you will likely see that there is some similarity between the sorts of conclusions that Cesar Hidalgo drew about the Gmail account he analyzed and the

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