[LINK] Metadata: the killer application for
Fri, 15 Mar 2002 14:31:22 +1100
At 9:36 AM +1100 15/3/02, Tom Worthington wrote:
>This is to request comments on "Metadata: the 'killer application'
>for digital broadcasting? (or: "Interactive TV?: Its the Internet,
Tom, great paper. A few quick comments.
The media franchises in Australia are making the same mistake from
the early days of the web. Remember Time's Pathfinder, a "walled
garden" of content for paying subscribers? It turned out that people
surfing the web wanted ALL of the web, not a subsection. So today we
have the government, broadcasters and telcos saying broadband is not
being taken up here because there is no content, so let's spend up
big on getting some. But it's the vox populi broadband content that
people want. It's TomW's website with videos and the ability to
teleconference with him. And without decent two-way unmetered
bandwidth Australia will not get a flourishing broadband industry.
Using wireless technology to experiment with high-speed last mile
connections is how the broadband "hams" of today will teach the
broadcasters their folly. They'll spend millions learning though.
Metadata? Yes, it could make broadband content more accessible but
will probably follow the use of metadata on the web. Great for
structured, well maintained documents but the effort involved in
adding it means 95%(?) of web content doesn't use it.
It's interesting to see the problems potential datacasters are having
with settopbox standards. My guess is the current and next generation
will go the way of the WAP enabled phone, until a new broadband
delivery platform comes out. This could be FlashMX, being released
tomorrow. It already operates on a variety of OS platforms and mobile
phones, and covers video decompression, audio I/O, XML etc. This new
version is more of an application development environment for
delivery over multiple platforms, rather than a screen rendering
>> High speed wired networks and medium speed wireless ones could
>>provide the platform for distribution of experimental work, in much
>>the same way the web started.
For most of the punters though, a local wireless network is going to
be faster than their restricted ADSL.
cheers from Innes NP, Yorke Peninsula, SA.