Published in www.publishersweekly.com.
In a brisk and surprisingly entertaining exchange—especially considering the topic—Brian O’Leary, principal at Megallen Media Consulting, and Laura Dawson, product manager at R.R. Bowker Identifiers, managed to make metadata, the descriptive information underlying and identifying digital content, not only a bit more comprehensible, but downright interesting. No surprise there, since these two have been enlightening the industry on this topic on Twitter and at various digital conferences for a number of years.
Interviewed by Mark Dressler on Thursday at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Sparks Stage in Hall 8, in a conversation called, “When Will We Stop Talking About Metadata?”, O’Leary addressed the topic of the conversation right off the bat: “well, probably never.” In 1990, O’Leary said, there were about 900,000 ISBNs, but in today’s publishing world, Dawson added, “there are more products than ever before so there’s more metadata. Today there are 32 million ISBNs and an unknown number of unidentified books.”