On 10/06/2013 16:54, McDonald, Stephen wrote:
By using metadata the same way that library users do. You run a search on the metadata set to FIND communications that meet certain criteria (such as frequent communications with someone suspected of supporting terrorism). You examine the results of the search to IDENTIFY suspicious connections. You SELECT one or more of the parties in the suspicious communications for closer examination. You use the metadata of the communications to OBTAIN the locations and identities of the suspects, and start observing the suspects with other resources (background checks, interviews, stakeouts, and other standard operations, leading to warrants for searches or phone taps if sufficient evidence is obtained). It is entirely possible to use communication metadata to discover and ultimately prevent a planned terrorist attack.
FRBR and Prism? Wow! Well, I don’t believe that 99% of real library users follow the FRBR user tasks of F/I/S/O and they never have. The vast majority come in to get into the collection and browse the shelves (when there are open stacks) so that they can work with the information itself. This is even more true when considering digital resources, where you “obtain” the item before you decide whether you want to “select” it, mirroring what people do in open stacks; while “finding” in this brave new world of “search” becomes weirder and weirder.
But beyond that, I agree. When you have enough metadata, it definitely is content, which I will take as a synonym for “knowledge”. And knowledge is power. My favorite Madison quote about the interaction among information, knowledge and power (which has been quoted so often lately that people are probably getting tired of it, but I’ll do it again) sums it up quite well: “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch18s35.html
For those who are interested there is MyShadow https://myshadow.org/ that can help show how big of a “digital shadow” you cast.