Music Industry Metadata & Information Summit

May 6, 2013

The conference brochure copy captured the event very well:

A never-before seen collection of high-level working sessions and talks about very practical issues, this 
two-day summit is designed to both inform newcomers about the importance of managing information 
through metadata — the “plumbing” that ensures digital tracks are labeled correctly in online music 
stores — and provide a forum for music industry executives and associated technologists to discuss and hash out solutions to key issues in the information systems of the future of the music business. (more…)

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Metadata for Authors and Small Publishers – My Interview with Anne Hill

February 28, 2013

I met Anne Hill earlier this month when I made a last-minute “guest appearance” at one of her author workshops in San Francisco. A self-described “storyteller with an ear for what makes a message worth paying attention to,” Anne runs a very good site called Creative Content Coaching: Messaging and Content Strategies for People with Wisdom to Share. (more…)

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How Metadata Gets Mangled

July 14, 2012

My metadata colleague, Renée Register, uses Zappos boots to offer an easy-to-grasp example of metadata in action. (more…)

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The Ongoing Search for Findability

June 13, 2012

Trying to make a book truly discoverable can lead authors and publishers toward a world of pain. It’s not so much how do you find a needle in a haystack. It’s why would you even bother.

“Findability” is the kinder, gentler problem. How do you find a needle in a haystack? As it happens, the haystack has been indexed, and provided you don’t spell it kneedle, you should be in luck. (more…)

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Findability Found

June 2, 2012

In my first two posts in this series I looked at definitions for metadata and then at the differences between findability, discoverability and marketing. I’m going to focus here just on findability, the easy part of metadata. (more…)

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