Recent post at the.effing.librarian blog, The card catalog: "I'm back, baby!" takes an ascerbic look at tagging and the semantic web and how this trend is reminiscent of, you guessed it, the card catalog.
I half-assed read something the other day that had me wondering. It was just a simple tweet by some twittererer about teaching kids intelligent tagging, and that's all it was, just a mention of some teacher attempting to get kids to think. But the twittererer included some additional observation, although with only 140 characters to play with, I now can't remember what it was.
But (yes, I'm still looking as I type this for the tweet) it was something about teaching kids to write for the internet and how tagging will become more and more important.
And it made me think that the future of the internet was moving away from keyword and full text toward an index of useful (and standardized) terms. And that these kids would need to learn these terms if they wanted to succeed in the online world, to have their data found through their mastery of metadata.
And my first thought was, Holy Shit, this is some librarian plot to bring back the card(less) catalog.
And that's exactly what it is.