This is somewhat of a work post, so please bear with me as I think aloud here.
The absolutely brilliant National Digital Forum is holding its conference again in November at Te Papa, and after having such a wonderful time last year, I most definitely intend to be present and enjoy every minute of this year’s offerings. In fact, I’m busy thinking about what to submit for a talk.
There are two possible choices I am sorting through at the moment. The one (Paul will be shocked and amazed to hear) has nothing to do with metadata and the gloriousness that is ordering and adding an analytic element to information, and the other – which I am warming to after blindsiding me at 4am this morning – is more on the subject of my heart (I can hear Paul groaning all the way from WA at this): Linked data and how it is shaping the way we perceive, create, and present information to the masses. Not only in the GLAM sectors, but across the internet. FRBR and RDA go a long way to this, but this is a step above and beyond. It’s metadata at it’s purest. I just wonder if there would be those out there who would be as interested in this idea, or if I am reinventing the wheel again.
The other (slightly metadata-ish) topic would be a reflection on the future-proofing of stagnant and dated information services based on the theoretical work I’m currently doing, and therefore cannot say much more at present. Yes, there is digitisation and a review of data quality in this project and would be covered in this talk.
Both are timely and interesting, but I am stuck dear reader. And torn. Do I take the considered case study, or do I jump back into the seething insanity that is the sea of data on which we are all adrift (why yes, I am feeling better – I guess you noticed?). I have a few more weeks to knock this all out, and I may just toss a coin in the end, but I am just looking forward to being a part of the amazing environment that is NDF. It was glorious to be amongst people who speak the same language, and I can’t wait to do it all over again.
In other news, I’m working my way through Discworld again. If you haven’t read it since you were a teenager – I strongly suggest you go back and do so. Pratchett is singularly brilliant on several levels. I’m sure one or two of them are even quantum.