Metadata has always been viewed as an asset, tracking and enabling search, providing breadcrumbs to locate data, and generally being a benefit. However, I wonder: Would the United States military agree with that now? This topic was inspired by the article, “Are my e-mails private from government agencies?”, found on

Metadata from e-mail has always been one of the most easily accessible electronic trails; the recent scandal just reinforces that fact. Metadata makes digital content findable.

Findability works best when a proper taxonomy is in place. Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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