New Dogeared Project: Metacontent
kamins at dogeared.com
Tue Oct 25 15:13:57 EDT 2005
You'll notice a new icon to the left of many titles in the Dogeared
database: It's the book icon with a red 'M" in it. Go here:
The icon links to metacontent about the title. Metacontent is content
about content. So rather than being the content itself, it's
something that describes or amplifies the content. For example, for
fiction it might be a plot synopsis, an analysis of how the work
stands as an example of its genre, or a piece of general literary
criticism; for philosophy it might be a condensation of main points
or how the philosophy reflects or changed the society of its time.
WHY I DID IT
This is just another part of my plot to get people to read what they
collect. I thought that if people had plot synopses or philosophical
points or content summaries or other illuminating bits about a title,
they might be enticed to read the whole book. Or for people who
already read, here might be tidbits that expand the reader's
enjoyment or understanding.
Personally, I think it's the most important addition to Dogeared
since the DJ Project.
HOW I DID IT
If you're going to have freedom of the press, it means that fools and
liars get to publish whatever they want (pretty much). The Internet
is the largest printing press-cum-village square bulletin board ever
devised. The problem of information availability has largely been
superceded by information reliability.
I tried to find the most reliable sites from which to gather
metacontent links. It wasn't easy! As you know, while there's lots of
information available on the Internet, much of it is junk. But I
think I did a fairly good job -- at least enough to get started.
For more information about how I chose the documents to link to, see:
OPPORTUNITY FOR PARTICIPATION
This was just a first pass. I was unable to quickly find [:: split
infinitive there ::] decent metadata for many titles. So if you can't
find a link for your favorite title, you could search one out and
send me the link!
This brings up a new Dogeared initiative, the "Adopt An Author"
program -- an opportunity for you to participate more in Dogeared
without doing a lot of work, and perhaps an opportunity for your kids
to learn vital Internet research skills (I'm quite serious about
this). More about this in a separate email later today (probably).
- Scot Kamins
"Speak your truth, even as your voice quakes."
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