I can already hear it now. “Why, oh why, would someone write exclusively about metadata? What could possess them to even think that it would merit the use of words, let alone paragraphs? Who’d be crazy enough to spend any time on that?” Those are all valid questions, and since I’m prone to being a skeptical heckler myself, I would probably join you in throwing rotten vegetables at the stage, if I wasn’t the one at the podium. In this case, though, I must remain on the other side of the line and actually play ‘the hecklee’ for once, dodging the rotten tomato with speedy deftness.
So, in any case, that is the goal of future posts here: to surprise you with how much can actually be written about metadata. In particular, I hope to make a convincing argument how metadata can be multidimensional, especially when it comes to being useful in your own environment. Some of my proposals may not apply to your situation with a significant degree; quite a few of them will only pertain to people who write internal applications in a corporate IT environment or general enterprise applications. However, despite that, I’m fairly certain that some aspect of my suggestions can be abstracted and then applied elsewhere. But, hey, that’s just my positive inclination for the time being. That sentiment could change; I’ve been known to be moody.