Introducing Metadata as a Service, at Digital Asset Management Los Angeles. Ron Roszkiewicz Information Architect ITC Infotech
Metadata can only have lasting value in an organization if it is consistently used and controlled at a single source. The openness of technologies such as XMP both enable the widespread use of metadata and conspire against its controlled use. This reality is not critical for individual users tagging files for their own use. But once files are shared with others or launched into a workflow for distribution and reuse, the value of a centralized and controlled approach to taxonomy and tagging procedures becomes obvious and the means to achieve this shifts from a desktop manual approach to server-based automated methods.
Borrowing from the Software as a Service (SaaS) concept, Metadata as a Service (MaaS) embodies the similar ‘shared and server technology’ for control over taxonomies, schema and controlled vocabularies. It requires different approaches to taxonomy creation and management and these approaches will be discussed and illustrated in this session.
The benefits of MaaS are: additional cost savings and streamlining of the digital workflow over what is expected from the use of metadata in repositories.
The Metadata as a Service session is interactive featuring:
An explanation of Metadata as a Service in the context of developments in Web 2.0 and SaaS
How to integrate MaaS into existing workflows using existing and future tools
Demonstration of Metatag+, a new tool for managing and automating taxonomies and their uses
Use case examples of vertical and horizontal industry deployments of MaaS
This session is intended for all users of metadata in workgroups and beyond who find the current methods too manual, too prone to errors and too inconsistent from application to application.
The conference takes place on November 10-11, 2008 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. This tutorial is on Wednesday November 12.