Monday, October 18, 2010

Major League Baseball Leading the Way in Metadata

Starting a new job plus getting ready for an exhibit opening means I've been awfully quiet on the blog recently. If only I had time to keep you posted on all that I've been doing and learning in recent weeks!

For one thing, I've been thinking a lot about metadata. I'll write a longer post about it one of these days, but in the meantime, check out this jealousy-inducing story about Major League Baseball's digital archive.

A team of MLB "loggers" now add metadata to game footage in close to real time, choosing from a list of 500 possible tags like "ground out" and "announcers booth" that describe not only what happened in a play but also what's visible on the screen.

All that tagging means unprecedented access to the moving images -- access that for now is limited to in-house staff.

But oh the possibilities.