While working on the Open Standards challenge to describe and share our information and grappling with understanding and being able to explain the difference between a filename and the title metadata field for a digital object, I came across a curious function in ‘My Documents’.
In our profession, we are aware of the importance of naming and describing digital records and objects. If you don’t have a good title for something, then with digital, it can be difficult to find, understand, and trust the record you see popping up in your search or amongst all the other documents in your folders.
But suddenly, there in ‘My Documents’, I noticed I could name a document twice. Along the lower length of my screen the document’s metadata was laid out for view and included, amongst the file’s size, date created, filename, and author, two fields that were editable. These were ‘title’ and ‘tags’. It would seem that findability was being brought to the fore (or at least the bottom of the screen). Was this the solution to the problem of encouraging and providing good titles on records? Continue reading »