You can’t build a car with just one wheel (why duplication may not be such a bad thing), and some limitations of Internet search/retrieval

David Zeitlyn


In this article I survey different approaches to the indexing of time based media (sound and video recordings) in response to 2 articles published in December 2010. Issues of overlap and duplication are discussed as a positive boon. They enable real comparison to be made and different styles may suit different categories of user. The lack of synoptic overview of different applications approaching the same topic is noted. Suggestions are made as to why search engines are not picking up on this. The failure leaves continuing role for human agents such as subject specialists and librarians to see the connections and make complete comparison lists of what is available for end-users.


time based media; qualitative research indexing programs

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