Wednesday, May 10, 2006

thinglink: more toward spimes

You've heard of Thinglink? It's one clever way to help realize that "ultimate geek dream of knowing where all your stuff is", to paraphrase Bruce Sterling quoting Warren Ellis. And it looks like a lot of fun. It taps the Make crowd, and they're a fun lot, for sure.

Does this stuff mean that all librarians are to become archivists of a kind? And are all physical objects (realia, in the parlance of catalogers) to become informational? Metadata for every pen and shoe and coffee cup and knitted pillow case on the planet? Or can we just skip the prentense and let librarians go the way of last-century's secretaries? (I don't think so.) More on this later.

Here's the video of Ulla-Maaria Mutanen talking about Thinglink, how it works, and a little about what it may mean. ...Every book/thing its reader. (And let's have a round of applause for ANT, while we're at it... it's high time it got a little more play.)


Feeling: very, very distracted

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