When I was working as an archives assistant (traditional collections processing), I had the pleasure of training under an archivist that I still admire greatly today. She understood the reality that you can’t keep everything and you certainly can’t process everything according to some unrealistic standard. In the archives profession this philosophy can be seen as the “More Product, Less Process” approach created by M. Greene and D. Meissner in 2005. Their article on the topic states unapologetically that “processing is not keeping up with acquisitions, and has not been for decades…”. This realization sparked many debates in the archival community as it was both revolutionary and challenged everything that had come before, with good reason. No longer was it acceptable to keep and process everything, things had to change. Let’s take Greene and Meissners message and apply it to the digital realm. Working in the digital realm requires the… Read More »
Metadata and Taxonomies are my thing. I spend an awful lot of time drinking coffee and having existential dilemmas on how to categorize what the hell I do for a living.