DCMI Global Meetings & Conferences, DC-2017, Washington, D.C.

Font Size: 
The Role of Metadata in an Open Knowledge Age?
Sayeed Choudhury

Last modified: 2017-10-28


The rise of automated assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Cortana raise the prospects for compelling, new forms of information discovery. Underlying the heart of these systems are information graphs in the form of linked data. As computational techniques and processing power grows, it becomes possible to imagine a world of where one could simply ask questions relating to complex topics or queries that go beyond purchasing items or asking about the weather. Companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon and publishers such as Elsevier have invested significant resources into the development and analysis of information graphs. Have libraries and non-profit publishers developed similar capabilities?

What is the role of metadata in this type of environment? Is there a role for metadata in such a scenario? This keynote presentation offers a glimpse of possible future scenarios based on the usage of information graphs and poses questions regarding the role of metadata and the organizations that produce, manage, and preserve metadata.