Generating Art

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I'm not much of an artist, at least not in the traditional sense. My son practices drawing objects, and my daughter has studied some painting in college. I'm somewhat amazed at the things they notice and reproduce on a flat surface at times.

In the digital world, I'm not much better, as simple tables and data are more my style, though Power BI makes me look more talented than I am, I likely could assemble a home page for Netflix, given the images of various movies.

I'd also like to think that I'd consider the various things Netflix has, like localization and appropriate titles for all ages. There's a blog that talks about the automated process they use to generate different home pages, depending on who is viewing. It's an interesting read, and it shows off some of the considerations for building a simple software application.

What is interesting to me in all this is the importance of a lot of data. Especially metadata that is needed to ensure the process works well. After all, the software can't determine what's appropriate, language, etc. without some tagging to ensure that the correct images get added to the correct version of the home page.

Those of us that work with data know how important it is to get clean, updated, managed data, and metadata. Without a way to ensure you know what information assets you have, it's not as easy to build applications to process them as you'd like. On the other hand, having lots of metadata can make it very easy to customize the software in a variety of ways. Something to think about as you collect new bits of data from your sources.

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