To cap off an excellent day of presentations and conversation, my hosts treated me to an evening out in the downtown "cool zone" of Taipei, where the entire city's young (20-somethings) workforce seems to go after work. Best of all, my hosts somehow managed to get us into THE restaurant in Taipei, called Din Tai Fung, for one of THE best and most beautifully presented Shanghai-style dim sum, and it was some of the best I've ever had. As you can see by the photo with the tower of bamboo dim sum steam baskets, a literal army in the kitchen is busy hand-forming each little treasure to be served.
The evening was made even more complete when the team who are creating the national metadata standard, which is based upon the IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) Standard, met with me back at my hotel. This exceptionally talented and energetic team has created a full Chinese translation of the IEEE LOM document, and even more impressively, a very detailed Taiwanese application profile to meet local needs. Their work is slated to become the national standard for educationally-oriented metadata for all of Taiwan in 2007, and they wanted to meet to get more guidance and suggestions for their final work on this national standard. A fabulous and dedicated team, and we talked late into the night.
A full day and most productive visit to say the least. Keep your eye on Taiwan for a continued flow of great examples and experiences in all things metadata for both digital archives, learning and performance. Unfortunately there is still no sign of my lost voice yet, which certainly added an extra challenge to my presentations and meetings! Now I'm off to Ecuador to see if I can find my voice there. Stay tuned and I'll let you know where and when I find it.