When, What and Where is Content ! They are the 3Ws of Data Science ...
When I was working on a metadata strategy for a data governance initiative, I came across the below interesting point : When to locate content , What is content and where to locate the content. I believe these three thoughts works behind many of the search engine driven metadata strategies. They I came across a data dilemma why do we see metadata becoming stale and stealth? And it made me to think about information spaces, their temporal properties and how to visualize them. Are they like the conventional space time conjectures and curvatures ? Then I realized that space-time is never an absolute metric of anything.
Let's take a few information spaces. One imminent example that comes up in our mind is a library of wealth of information. Another one can be a stock market where numbers and stocks flock with finance capital. Yet another one can be a group of people assembled in a parliament or a conference. And a very familiar example of a convenient information space is a data warehouse or a relational database. This is largely a information space sans soul of information.
All these are information spaces and they define their metrics of content and metadata. Often information space is just associated with the needs of data visualization. This approach will provide only limited perspective of information spaces. Each information space is having a temporal or contextual aspect embedded or evolving around it. And it cannot be simplified in some relations of data structures. If data structures should meet this criteria, they should have a time variant structure associated with them.
Am I again going back to the traditional space-time? No, rather, just highlighting the necessity to accommodate time in this situation. Every measurement system should know what it is going to measure. If this factor is not understood well, we will always witness an uncertainty or probability or chaos in measurement and results. So if we design an information space to visualize content and metadata that locate them (When, What, Where), we need to know that all these co-ordinates themselves are manifestations of some other information spaces. Hence Information space cannot exist in silos. It exist through Macro Connectors. The concept of macro connectors is not mine. This is proposed by MIT Media Lab. And it looks interesting. Information space thus becomes a connected space.
So far so good. What do we achieve by extending these connections? How will information spaces work in cognitive computing / social computing environment. Like light getting bend by gravity, I would love to say that information spaces get truncated and twisted, curled, diverged, converged by the real-time decisions of cognitive data nodes. Information overloading is just a behavior out of million possibilities in this information - cognition conjecture.