Terry Jones makes some excellent observations in his blog post “The future of publishing is writable”. Side note: if you are on campus and get the chance to take Dr. MacCall’s CIS 656 Electronic/Contemporary Publishing class I highly recommend it! A lot of time is spent discussing these same topics. One thought that I had while reading this piece though is how traditional methods of packaging information are becoming increasingly irrelevant in the digital age and Web 2.0 environment. At some point in history, books, journals and newspapers became standards for distributing print information just as record albums (be they analog or digital) became standards for music. At present it feels like we are witnessing a somewhat violent end to many of these de facto standards. People read what they want to know through blog posts and status updates and care less about obtaining whole albums than they do about individual songs. It leaves me to wonder what the implications for metadata are with all of this disruption of old practices. Standardization seems like a really critical aspect for ensuring interoperable metadata and for effective librarianship in general. While certain characteristics make it possible to categorize different information types, lack of standardization seems to me like a major challenge for the road ahead. Do any of my classmates have any thoughts about this?