Is there any point to IPSV?

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It seems the debate on the (ir)rellevance of IPSV (Integrated Public Sector Vocabulary) has burst out into the open again. I can’t help but empathise with the unamed ‘expert’ mentioned in the PSF article who states that “There are currently no benefits to implementing it, unless it’s usedacross an organisation and integrated using an EDRMS – and it lookslike no one’s doing that.” I’ve previously questioned the mandated use of IPSV for subject tagging of public sector web sites. The schema is uneccessarily detailed/over-complicated, and these days most search engines do not rely on subject metada alone (or even at all) to classify or organise results. Who will be brave enough to admit that the huge intellectual investment put into developing and implementing IPSV has been largely a waste of time?!

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Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
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