On Thursday I'll be attending the Metadata 2.0 workshop organized by Prof. Erik Duval at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. I'll give a talk there about the automatic metadata generation system ALOA. From the announcement of the workshop:
Current metadata standards (DC, LOM, MPEG, ...) are all based on early work inn the mid 1990's.I'm really looking forward to this special event. I'm also happy to have again the chance to meet Erik who is in my eyes one of the greatest researchers I've ever met.
In the mean time, technology has advanced and some or many of the assumptions that held 17 years ago may no longer be so relevant...
That doesn't detract from the huge success that these standards have realised: there are probably many millions of DC, LOM or MPEG instances. Yet, there is probably orders of magnitude more metadata that does not conform to these standards. And, the interoperability between the DC, LOM and MPEG world remains quite complex. Consequently, their application domains remain too disconnected.
In this workshop, we will reconsider how metadata could be generated, managed and put to use. We believe that the current standards and technologies will remain dominant for at least 3 to 5 years. The workshop will consider a longer-term perspective, and consider approaches, paradigmas, techniques and technologies that could enable a more unified, flexible, modular and versatile metadata world in 2010 and beyond.