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Title Towards the Management of Meaning
Abstract Problems with typical information management strategy using metadata and controlled vocabularies: * Vocabulary development (bootstrap) requires significant intellectual labour, is a complex social process (and therefore hard to manage), requires quality control and benchmarking procedures (as yet poorly understood), and is therefore a costly endeavour with high risk of poor product. * Automated techniques for indexing (tagging) may be cost effective (although the software is likely to be expensive), but may perform poorly. * Manual techniques for indexing (tagging) require intellectual labour, training, quality control (there is no guarantee of good quality), and cost scales with the number of items to be tagged. * Effective hybrid (i.e. manual + automatic) techniques for indexing (tagging) are poorly understood. * Vocabulary development (evolution) has the same problems as for vocabulary bootstrap. In addition, how do you handle the dependencies between existing metadata and a changing vocabulary? How do you manage and record change within the vocabulary? * Metadata maintenance also is required, because unless old metadata is updated with new vocabulary, you end up with heterogeneous metadata ? which can lead to unpredictable loss of performance in derived applications. So how update metadata? Manually? Cost, poor scaling. Automatically? What is needed? * A theory of change management and version control for controlled structured vocabularies, designed from the ground up to enable collaboration, to support quality control procedures, to enable the management of dependencies between vocabularies and metadata, and to minimise any/all of the associated costs. * A coherent, common, and readily understood process model and methodology for the development and maintenance of controlled structured vocabularies, designed from the ground up to facilitate rich interaction, communication and feedback between people with specialised skills and knowledge, to enable management and control of risk, and to integrate multiple strategies for the objective evaluation of the vocabulary into the development process. * Development tools where both the theory of change management and the process model and methodology determine the design of the user environment and the ways in which users can interact. I.e. Tool design informed by an understanding that the role of the tool is to support and enable a social process.
Organisation CCLRC , ESC
Keywords Semantic Web , Knowledge Management
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Presentation Presented at Oxfordshire Semantic Web Interest Group (OXSWIG), Oxford, UK, December 2006. oxswig20061206.pdf
Presentation Presented at BBC Metadata Practitioners' Workshop, London, UK, January, 2007. 2007