Metadata (data about data) usually serves to organize, structure and manage datasets (images, videos, documents…). Metadata should be as neutral and objective as possible; based on a very detailed description of the document (form and content). In this way, it is possible to classify, find and use the data efficiently.
How about using metadata to process a story ? And how about using those keywords that describe documents to create dynamic narrative bridges translated from a specific user input ?
The “magic” of the metadata can unveil it’s potential power by not only tagging the content with some objective characteristics but also some subjective attributes that give information about the content of the document – for example what we think the document is telling us. Starting with words that describe the documents it is possible to compute phrases that logically assemble data so that they magically make sense as a story or informational flow.
Assigning metadata on documents can appear to be boring; but if you consider what those keywords can do for the life of your data (because they can be found and automatically assembled) and that this indexing workflow can be handled in a playful way, you will consider this part with other eyes.
Data without metadata will hardly survive in the digital tsunami of modern times – by tagging words on data, your documents can not only be found but live multiple surprising lives !