We had a spellbinding meeting at Cardiff University on Friday, discussing ontologies, thesauri, semantics and the indexing of concepts. I will be the first to admit that most of the theory was way over my head, but pure academia and the realm of abstract thought needs the exoskeleton of practicality to enable it to flutter across the room.
fotoLibra has offered to provide Cardiff University with that practical assistance. With nearly 300,000 images online, each indexed by a variety of keywords — some more relevant, precise and accurate than others — we have a phenomenal bank of data which can be exploited by academic researchers. And the dreams of today’s doctoral students are often tomorrow’s reality.
Obviously we can’t reveal what we were shown and what we discussed last Friday, or when, if ever, it might emerge as a practical process which could improve the fotoLibra experience, among others.
But the grin is still on my face.