On of the big issues in GIS right now isnt Metadata. But it should be. It reared its head a couple of years ago when the EU brought in the INSPIRE directive and half the GIS world got upset and exasperated at yet more work to do, deadlines to meet and management structures to put in place. The other half rejoiced for here came structure and order to the chaos of the the many thousands of datasets they had.
Then the banks imploded, the government borrowed, and cuts came in.
And INSPIRE died and dragged metadata down with it.
All the world of Geeks talk about now is Open Data and Open Source.
But surely if we're getting our hands on a deluge of data (6100+ in the UK right now), then surely metadata becomes more important not less. Where did it come from? When did I get it? When is it dated? Is it maintained? Is it the latest release? Not to mention hard drive space of storing all the blooming stuff when its been downloaded 18 times by all and sundry.
If you have not sorted INSPIRE or have started then stopped, its time to get it going before its too late. Central Goverment is ignoring INSPIRE right now, but its only a matter of time before the folks at DEFRA (via the UK Location Council) start to turn the big red (Dark Lord Sauron esque) beady eye on this issue once more. And lets face it If Mr Pickles can clobber you with financial penalties then he will.
metedata isnt dead, its just sleeping and when it wakes, you'd better be ready.