The word metadata is thrown around everywhere these days. But does everyone really know what metadata is and how it is used?

We found this interesting topic on The Register Citizen in their article, “The trails of breadcrumbs we leave … or, what is metadata?” It is simple. Metadata is data about data. And it is everywhere, in virtually every piece of digital data and equipment we own.

What does this metadata tell us? For some it can be used as evidence, and for others it is just an amusement. But it has become a part of the business and technical vernacular. Many organizations now refer to knowledge management and the capture of metadata and taxonomy structures as “knowledge organization systems”. This shift in language is important. While many organizations are struggling with building out their taxonomies, they are learning what this shift is, and why it is important.

Melody K. Smith

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