Metadata and Mapping

The last discussion group, led by Dr. Graban, introduced the topic of metadata and mapping. Envisioning the world, both as reality and in its multi-viewed and multi-varied cyberspace, is a concept opening new academic opportunities for the reviewer. Intriguing is that the concepts of probabilities can be transformed to the visual inter-connectedness of networks, nodes, and edges. There are spaces of inconvenience of interpretation, which the articles for the week have suggested. Will the complexities of mapping projects remedy these inconveniences, or are they glitches of technological happenstance? The visual effect of mapping, with its chaos of the disciplined academic search and intriguing webs of illustrative coincidence of established formalities and constructs, can be beguiling in its imaged authorities. But, are these authorities always real?

Discussion of the Metadata Mapping Project provides a new avenue for visualizing the necessities of searching every demonstrable characteristic of publishing to find more systems in the unforgotten topic and overlooked source of information. While there are many archives and libraries to research for publication clues to include in a defined search, encountered by the reviewer is the problem of relating the present to the past in searches of women’s sense of self in their domestic and public spheres.

This particular problems also arises in the research area of late colonial India. Much as in the discussion of the MDMP, the net of the inquisitive academic must be cast in a wide arch. The smaller the net openings of increased characteristics for searching, the more is gleaned from the subject’s search. Dr. Graban’s insights, which included incorporating the ‘unlikely’ in a mapping search, have presented new avenues of research investigation. The academic language of India is English. Mapping criteria must take into account the spoken word as the interpreted. Scholars and researchers in India are often obsessed with the propriety of language. Some smaller archival locations are extremely helpful, but a general question may obtain a late 19th century response, depending on the librarian’s location of education. Mapping holds the same requirements: distinctions broadly understood and also precise enough to glean the minute example.

In discussion, the group’s participants presented research projects where metadata mapping is being used. A question for consideration, during the discussion on projects was the amount of time established, or estimated, in the projects’ conclusions. Are they open ended or created with envisioned time restraints? As provided by the participants’ discussion, the disciplinary diversity of a cooperative mapping project could yield inquisitive approaches of varied frames of reference and the hybridity of intellectual worldviews.


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