Metadata is the digital equivalent to that penciled note you would love to find on the back of an old family photo. Learn how to use it to document your personal archives and organize your research.
Metadata is the digital equivalent of that penciled note you hope to find on the back of an old family photos. It is also and amazing tool to help organize and manage both your research notes and your personal archives. This guide helps get you started.
My first experience with serious research was in high school. Here I learned that research management was best done with the help of index cards. Each fact I discovered would be documented on its own card which would also include the source citation for that fact. As my research progressed, those cards could be arranged… Continue reading Digital Workflows
We often think of metadata as a search tool - making it easier to find a note in Evernote or a photo in your photo organizer. Metadata is also quite useful for establishing provenance.
Is your research still in the paper age? Here are a few signs: Do you have folders set up on your hard drive for each surname you are researching? Do you make copies of your digital files and save them in multiple folders? Do you maintain an index of these folders and the files they… Continue reading Going Digital – Workflow
It's time for family researchers to start thinking outside the file cabinet and 3-ring notebook.
Here's another important reason why every family historian/geneablogger needs to make metadata a part of their research world. The metadata keywords you include in your blog are the digital equivalent to billboards on the highway telling you where to find tourist attractions (See Rock City comes to mind), food, gas stations and other things the traveler wants. With metadata, your keywords are billboards for search engines - directing them to your blog and even to specific posts.
These simple writing strategies can improve your post's visibility and ranking with all the major search engines.