Metadata for mortals
Metadata, Mark II - excellent article on metadata. [GeoURL via Puzzlepieces]
Excellent indeed! The first two pages give clueful background information on metadata and why it has trouble picking up steam. The rest of the article focuses on specific metadata standards, and the author had the good sense to choose to talk about simple - but relevant and/or promising - standards first.
Page 3 covers GeoURL, and gave me the nudge I needed to get my very own button just below my (RSS) buttons.
Page 4 introduces Dan Bricklin's SMBeta business metadata initiative and links to the related Overall.com metadatabase. If you're curious to see what SMBeta looks like, here are small businesses with a zip code that starts with 9.
Page 5 gives a bird's eye view of the Dublin Core metadata initiative, which over the years has metastasized its way into many different other specifications.
Page 6 painlessly introduces the infamous Resource Description Framework (RDF) by way of a meaningful example (a description of the article itself).
Finally, page 7 describes the Friend of a Friend (FOAF) vocabulary and concludes by wishing good luck to all of these standards in gaining widespread adoption.
I'm pretty sure articles like this (and this introduction to RSS) will actually turn out to help that.