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Medieval Metadata (was RE: Namespace Basic Principles)
- From: David Megginson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 10:43:14 -0500 (EST)
Bill dehOra writes:
> To quote someone who knew a bit about metadata:
> "I saw that one enquiry only gave occasion to another, that book
> referred to book, that to search was not always to find, and to
> find was not always to be informed."
> Sam Johnson said that in 1753. We're still nowhere really.
Go back further and blame the early medieval monks -- they're the ones
(in western Europe, anyway) who started scribbling notes in the
margins of books so that people could look up references in other
books[*]. The Web is simply an incremental improvement on their
All the best,
[*] Note that a book is a fully random-access scroll, a technical
prerequisite for dense linking.
David Megginson firstname.lastname@example.org