Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
(Faceted classification is where something is categorized in more than one place, e.g. how you can put a book on more than one Goodreads shelf, as opposed to in real life where it can only be in one physical location)
I kept skipping chapters to see if he had anything else to say, but if he did I missed it. He does ...more
Weinberger takes us through the new digital hyperworld of Web 2.0 and online organization, cataloging, r ...more
This book deserves a read and rates almost as highly as the Clue Train manifesto. Here's a few choice quotes:
"The result is a startling change in our culture's belief that truth means accuracy, effectiveness requires adherence to clear lines of command and c ...more
I read Everything Is Miscellaneous by the pool at the Madang Resort while on vacation this week. That was the right setting for a book like this. David Weinberger's writing is typical "general readership" fare, full of stories and interesting bits of history. It falls short of really digging into the academic rigor beneath the ideas he discusses, and that makes it good light reading for a holiday. It's interesting to read this book now, 8 years after its initial publication, and to see just how...more
The overall argument is that the new digital disorder (the third order) can bring us a lot of advantages. Very briefly, the first order is the one of the physical objects; the second order is connected to some cataloged/archived information about the object (e.g. a library card catalogue); and finally, the third ...more
It allows information to be whatever we need, whenever we need it. There exists more potential now to add more value, not ju ...more
I just finished reading1 David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous and I find it to be a pretty engaging description of how the state of knowledge evolved with time, and now it has given me a chance to write down some thoughts.
The basic gist of the book is that knowledge is no longer tied to the physical (e.g. books), which used to limit how one went about organizing and finding it (e.g. Dewey decimal system). Now we can attach as much metadata as our hearts d ...more
The author points out that physical space, literally the atoms involved, force us into a space-based organizational structure. Makes perfect sense, actually. Why would anybody want anything else ...more
The crux of "Everything is Miscellaneous" is that when organization of things, data, information goes digital the traditional ways of ordering of those things, data, and information become increasingly unnecessary. He comes largely from the perspective of libraries and the storage of books. We are by now used to the ideas of alphabetical ...more
This is a book written for a popular audience. As is this case for most of these types of books, it is too novice for the person actually working in the field, and seems to be written for outsiders who have no knowledge of the topic. There is nothing really wrong with this, of course, I just feel that perh ...more
This book was published in 2007, the year I finished library school, and presents an overview of classification and metadata issues in a surprisingly entertaining way. It's a good introduction to what librarians actually deal with. (To wit: Not the Dewey Decimal system. Not alphabetizing or stamping anything.) The author introduces different levels of classification. First, the items themselves (say, books on a shelf). Then there's s ...more
"[I]n a traditional tree, an object can be on only one branch. At Delicious, tagging a Web address with multiple tags in effect puts it on many branches. Yet despite the lack of a well-organized scheme of categories, Delicious can make a list of twenty thousand Web addresses thorough ...more
This is David Weinberger's theory in the book Everything is Miscellaneous. He does an excellent job of showing the ways that we have internalized the organizing of inform ...more
from the library computer:
Summary: Philosopher Weinberger shows how the digital revolution is radically changing the way we make sense of our lives. Human beings constantly collect, label, and organize data--but today, the shift from the physical to the digital is mixing, burning, and ripping our lives apart. In the past, everything had its one place--the physical world demanded it--but now everything ...more
Hurray for Computers!
This was a pretty fun book. At time it felt not-particularly-deep, but I think that may have been mostly toward the beginning, where sure a thing makes sense.
A couple of quotes I pulled out, for whatever reason:
p. 119: The digital world... has never met a piece of information it didn't like - and couldn't put to work.
p. 197-8: Every triple, every playlist, every hyperlink adds value to the mess. None diminishes that value because none actu ...more
In spite of the attempts of traditional thinking to force a taxonomy on the web (I remember, ca. 1996, seeing a 'map' of the internet at a place I used to work), reality has triumphed, and information is stored the same way it is in our minds - through thousands of relationships that are weak, strong, fuzzy, and flat (not hierarchical).
Where the book falls short is the chapter or two on wikipedia - Weinberger ...more