Saving data donkeys in quicksand with tags

Here’s a thought provoking short piece from BBC News.  In all the rush to praise tagging, one concern that comes to mind is the reliability of it.  As we create mountains and mountains of data every hour of every day and as we tag it, do we consider the importance of method?  Tagging can be helpful, certainly, but in terms of long-term data management, will be be better served by a more systematic approach?  Most pieces I’ve read on tagging don’t seem to take into consideration the fact that language changes.  In our contemporary society, it’s changing at an amazing speed as well.  Will tags we create today have meaning in five years?  As terminology changes, is anybody going to go back and update tags?  Things to think about…

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