Interestingly, I've now had a couple of comments on my blog post from members of the SkyDrive team. I'm very pleased to learn that photo keyword metadata is gradually being included in the placeholder files. That will address the broken search experience.
@Mike Greenway: for the Camera Roll folder only, the OCR metadata is included in the local placeholder file on your PC, so it's picked up by the Windows Search Engine, and included in the index for local searching. For files such as Word documents held on SkyDrive, then as is stated here:
"we [Microsoft] extract a few lines of text from the document and provide that to the search indexer on your device so that it can return search results that are more relevant to you."
But the whole point that I'm trying to get across is that for image files, ONLY the OCR metadata is included in the placeholder files. All the rest of the image metadata is ignored, and hence cannot be searched for on your PC, and also cannot be searched for online in SkyDrive.
@Mike Greenway: - the video you refer to is about a Bing service on SkyDrive that does OCR on the images to produce text strings. So, for example, if you had a photo of a street sign, then the OCR service would result in a text string containing the contents of the street sign.
The issue is that, at the moment, SkyDrive will store images complete with any metadata contained within the image files, but it won't expose more than a very small subset of the metadata (e.g. date taken), and it certainly doesn't index any of that metadata for use in searches.
Many thanks for this video - good to see something of the MyLifebits work - and to see Gordon Bell again.
I know that I'm getting old when I read that Scoble needs to point out who Gordon Bell is for the sake of the younger generation, and when I hear on the video that Charles did not seem to have heard of Vannevar Bush and the Memex...
While the demos were interesting, to me, the most valuable part of this video was Kevin talking at the end about the need to share the work in research with others. That is the scientific method at work. Long may it continue.
I'm really struck by Kharsim's post on tagging by spatial location. That seems to me such a logical thing to want to do, and I for one can't wait until digital cameras have the GPS capability foretold by Kharsim.