Photo Credit: Perusing the Card Catalogue by Pete Birkinshaw

Photo Credit: Perusing the Card Catalogue by Pete Birkinshaw

Gartner’s Jay Heiser, in his recent blog, ponders the value of digital document annotations in the enterprise. As an example, annotations were used by librarians to supplement the structured data (title, author, etc.) back in the day of the old-fashioned card catalog. These annotations provided a “rich set of stored knowledge” that got lost during the “brute force” digitization process. Is this “informal” form of metadata worth creating, managing and protecting?

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