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Posts from Date:   2011

It’s time for taxonomy

by Darin Stewart  |  October 12, 2011

I’ve been writing and speaking about taxonomies and metadata for a little over a decade.  In the early days, my audiences consisted mostly of library science refugees seeking shelter in corporate IT departments.  I considered myself lucky if there were a dozen people in the room.  Last week I attended the annual Microsoft SharePoint Conference […]

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Schema.org: Webmaster One-Stop or Linked Data Land Grab?

by Darin Stewart  |  June 4, 2011

Yesterday, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! jointly announced schema.org, a new service intended to “create and support a common vocabulary for structured data markup on web pages.”  The idea is to provide a library of vocabularies that can be used in conjunction with the W3C HTML Microdata format to embed machine-readable data into webpages in a […]

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From Taxonomy to Managed Vocabularies

by Darin Stewart  |  May 24, 2011

You may have noticed in my last post that I’ve started avoiding using the word “taxonomy.” In its place, I’ve started referring to these hierarchically organized sets of common terms as “managed vocabularies.” This may seem odd in light of the fact that I wrote a book called Building Enterprise Taxonomies but the switch is […]

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Metadata for the Masses

by Darin Stewart  |  May 19, 2011

I’ve been playing with a new core feature of Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010, the Managed Metadata Service.  The MMS has at its heart the idea of managing terms and keywords and applying them to documents. So, metadata and taxonomy. Now, were I a product manager or marketing executive for Microsoft, I would be hard pressed to […]

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Knowing What You Know – Part 2: Explicit Profiling

by Darin Stewart  |  April 27, 2011

Chances are, you know more about high school classmates you haven’t seen in 20 years than you do about the colleagues and coworkers spread across your company.  People will lovingly craft elaborate profiles on Facebook, detailing out their every interest and activity for the past decade, but have a difficult time writing a one paragraph […]

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Knowing What You Know: Expertise Discovery & Management

by Darin Stewart  |  April 19, 2011

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Lew Platt once famously quipped “If only HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times more efficient.” This is the perennial problem of the hidden expert. Most of the real “know-how” in an organization floats around in the form of tacit knowledge. That is, information that is not formally captured […]

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Get your content to the gym!

by Darin Stewart  |  April 13, 2011

Metadata is a lot like physical exercise.  We know it’s good for us.  We know we should be doing more of it and that we’ll pay for it in the long run if we don’t.  So we commit.  We’re really going to do it this time. We’ll do it properly and stick with it.  Starting…tomorrow.  […]

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The Benevolent Dictator Principle

by Darin Stewart  |  April 4, 2011

A few years ago, media incubator NewAssignment.net partnered with Wired magazine in a decidedly meta project called Assignment Zero.  The idea was to use crowdsourcing to produce an in depth study of crowdsourcing.  NewAssignment would “have a crowd of volunteers write the definitive report on how crowds of volunteers are upending established businesses, from software […]

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Facebook is not a Social Network

by Darin Stewart  |  March 28, 2011

I finally got around to watching “The Social Network”, the film chronicling the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. The movie was excellent, but I found myself obsessing over the title, The Social Network.  I frequently hear the terms “Facebook” and “Social Network” used more or less interchangeably, like the brand name Scotch Tape™ and […]

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Digital Desire Lines: Rethinking Folksonomies

by Darin Stewart  |  March 22, 2011

Landscape architects and park planners go to great pains to ensure visitors to their spaces can get from point A to point B with ease. Carefully paved paths are laid out between the duck pond, the information kiosk and the hot dog stand to make sure people don’t get lost, traipse through the mud or […]

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