Conclusions and What I Learned

It’s been a long three months of research, but it’s also been really informative. I’ve gone from learning the foundations of metadata and linked data to truly understanding the integral role that metadata plays in describing and understanding the world around us. I have learned that metadata needs to be able to be flexible and willing to change with time, circumstances, and understanding of others, particularly if it wants to remain relevant over time. Researchers often have implicit, unintentional biases that affect how they conduct research, especially if all that is available to them is the vocabularies, algorithms, search engines, and other tools that have returned biased results in the past. However, if tools like the one that is being proposed can be developed and implemented in metadata, search, and other areas, perhaps the issues of bias in metadata and searches can be slowly but surely combated and improved.

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