geotagging in Aperture with Maperture

I've been geotagging many of my photos on Flickr, but it's always bugged me that the geolocation metadata was not available in my Aperture library - geotagging only happened after posting photographs to Flickr, and that metadata was essentially lost from my library. That just changed. Now I'm using the awesome new Aperture geotagging plugin Maperture, adding latitude and longitude data directly within Aperture before uploading to Flickr etc... That means I get to keep my metadata....

August 13, 2008 · 1 min

Digital Albums as Content Packages

I had a quick IM chat with David Gratton last week, when he was asking me what I thought of content package specifications. My initial from-the-hip reaction was along the lines of "gah! metadata for metadata's sake" and that just getting content Out There was the goal, not encapsulating it in layer after layer of helpful metadata. Then we spent a couple of minutes hashing it over. If there's a requirement that a set of content needs to be ingestable in a system, a package begins to make sense....

February 5, 2007 · 3 min

Oh, good! More metadata specifications!

The problems with the adoption and implementation of the previous versions of the LOM are apparently solved by the addition of more definitions of structured taxonomy-driven authoritative metadata systems. I'm posting this to remind myself to not get sucked into this stuff. It's good that people are thinking about how to improve on the LOM, and even deprecating the term "learning object" (replaced by "resources") but for the love of all that is holy and good, please focus on the content, context, and pedagogy and not on the metadata....

January 30, 2006 · 1 min

Learning Objects: RIP or 1.0?

David Wiley just wrote an excellent post about the "death" of learning objects. He's right on the mark, emphasizing the learning part of the buzzword, while us geeks who were attempting to implement some of the early LO-based software got so woefully distracted by the object and reuse angles. He's also much more articlate than I am, so give his article a read, then come back here. I'll wait. Go ahead....

January 9, 2006 · 4 min

Structured Blogging: Semantic web for the rest of us?

Structured Blogging Year: 2005 Author: The Structured Blogging Folks Platform: Other Category: Utility Publisher: structuredblogging.org Price: Free! Rating: 5 out of 5 I've been playing with the Structured Blogging plugin for Wordpress for a while now, and just noticed a new version - it's almost up to the mythical "1.0 release". They've added a bunch of new microcontent types with some great structured metadata appropriate to each type. I'm planning on using structured blogging a lot more in the future....

December 14, 2005 · 2 min

Pachyderm Asset Transformation Dilemma

The Pachyderm project uses jGenerator to wrap images in a flash .swf container for display in the final product. That process does a few things that are pretty handy: Makes loading the images into flash easy - it's just loading more flash... Lets us embed metadata in a "tombstone" display field, much like the cards displayed in a museum. These tombstones travel with the asset, and can be displayed automagically wherever appropriate....

September 22, 2005 · 4 min

Exploring Interestingness on Flickr

I've never gone through the Explore section on Flickr before. I just checked it out, and holy crap! Interestingness everywhere! There are some absolutely amazing photos on Flickr! What they've done is come up with a great way to mine user-generated data to provide a view onto their database that is much richer than any taxonomy-based scheme would allow - "interestingness" is defined on the fly by the users of the system, and the parameters change constantly....

September 3, 2005 · 1 min

Folksonomise your files with Automator

I've tried playing around with the Folksonomise your files with Automator tip from MacDevCenter.com - I really like the idea of it. If you follow the tip, you get a handy item in the Finder's contextual menu that lets you bring up a text field to enter tags for the file. Like you do with del.icio.us, or Flickr, or iPhoto. Then, Spotlight lets you find them easily. Or, you can create Smart Folders in the Finder for tags, and have these files be found (even if the tag isn't contained within the content of the file - a case that would normally make Spotlight overlook it)....

May 14, 2005 · 1 min

Folksonomy-enabled plugin for database tagging

Not sure if/how I'll use this, but FreeTag sure sounds cool. It's a PHP/MySQL magic widget that lets you add folksonomies and tags onto existing MySQL databases... [via ::schwagbag::: Folksonomy-enabled plugin for database tagging] Of course, now that tag clouds (folksonomies) are the new mullet...

April 21, 2005 · 1 min

flickrGraph: Mapping relationships in Flickr

OK. This is insanely cool. Check out the flickrGraph relationship map for my Flickr account. Dynamically generated flash concept map, based on the relationship data stored by Flickr. Wow. It's also done really nicely (try dragging a person's icon around...) Kinda like ThinkMap meets FOAF meets Flickr... Fun things that you can do with metadata (without realizing that you're playing with metadata). UPDATE: Wouldn't it be awesome if Technorati was able to display something like this for the link cosmos for a given URL?...

February 10, 2005 · 1 min