Metadata, Resources, and the Resource Description Framework
The university search engine, which classifies the sites by their content, does
not list the phrenology sites; it does list a number of sites in French, which she
cannot read. She curses herself that she did not think to turn on the language
preference in her browser, so that it could match her language preference with
the language of the Web site.
It turns out that the Graduate School of Education at the University of Califor-
nia, Berkeley, had a class on Freinet last year. Not only does the system tell her
that one of his books is available in French from UC Berkeley and in English
from UC Irvine, it also provides a link to a site set up by a student in the Berke-
ley class last year as part of a project to use computers in a Freinet school. The
student s site was not even listed by Lisa s regular search engine, but she found
all the information she needed because it was classified in such a way that the
university search engine could find it.
Along with her search results, she gets to see an advertisement from the
French bookstore chain FNAC to buy a Freinet book and have it shipped
tomorrow, with the chance to win a trip to Paris for two. Tempted as she is, she
would not be able to read it, so instead she borrows it from UC Irvine.
Dynamic Yellow Pages
Lara Mann is looking for a grooming service for her poodles. As a Los Angeles
stylist, she realizes the importance of her dogs image for her own image. She
does not have the time to take care of them herself, however, so she needs to
find a dog stylist close to her home. She takes a look in the yellow pages.
Under Dog Care there are a number of stylists, including three on the street
where Lara lives. It does not say when they are open, however, nor whether
they are any good. Two of them have very nice advertisements, but Lara had a
horrendous experience with a hairdresser once, and she knows better than to
trust advertisements. She is a member of the Poodle Owners Club of San
Joaquin Valley, so she sends out an e-mail to her friends and asks whether they
have any experience with the stylists near her.
While she is online, she also finds a couple of Web sites with poodle informa-
tion, featuring consumer reviews of stylists. After reading a few of them
(although they are all anonymous), she gets a really bad feeling about one of
the stylists (who had the biggest advertisement). But when she gets the
answers to her e-mails, the other ladies are overwhelmingly positive.
Poor Lara does not know what she should think. How is that stylist really? Whom
should she trust? She ends up taking her poodles to one of the others, who colors
them bright red instead of cool pink, and cuts Soviet flags into their coats as well
as Stalin mustaches. She regrets not choosing the stylist she was doubtful about,
who meanwhile has given her neighbors poodle an incredibly tasteful treatment.
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