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Everything is Miscellaneous

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I know I am very late on this, but I just finished reading the book and so fascinated that I can’t miss the opportunity to mention it here.

Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger

If you fancy a ride, going beyond  hundred years old concept of categorization, putting things into boxes – folders or metadata, beyond taxonomy and stepping into the world where no attribute of a ‘thing’ and whoever defines that get left behind, you will love this book.

Apart from the well reasoned argument for folksonomy and tagging, another point that enthralled me in the book, is the very concept of metadata itself. When we step outside the preconceived definition of metadata, where it is separate from the data itself, and look at it under a different light – ‘whatever we search  the data with’ (it might be the fragment of the data itself), a whole different world of possibilities opens up. A must read.

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Video : David Weinberger’s talk at Google on Everything is Miscellaneous

Excerpt:

Human beings are information omnivores: we are constantly collecting, labeling, and organizing data. But today, the shift from the physical to the digital is mixing, burning, and ripping our lives apart. In the past, everything had its one place–the physical world demanded it–but now everything has its places: multiple categories, multiple shelves. Simply put, everything is suddenly miscellaneous.

In Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger charts the new principles of digital order that are remaking business, education, politics, science, and culture. In his rollicking tour of the rise of the miscellaneous, he examines why the Dewey decimal system is stretched to the breaking point, how Rand McNally decides what information not to include in a physical map (and why Google Earth is winning that battle), how Staples stores emulate online shopping to increase sales, why your children’s teachers will stop having them memorize facts, and how the shift to digital music stands as the model for the future in virtually every industry. Finally, he shows how by "going miscellaneous," anyone can reap rewards from the deluge of information in modern work and life.

From A to Z, Everything Is Miscellaneous will completely reshape the way you think–and what you know–about the world.

Written by anol

January 11th, 2008 at 5:46 am

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