Metadata is everywhere, whether you are talking about photo files, telephone calls, or books. The fear of metadata is also everywhere. This interesting information came from PBS in their article, “The Hows and Whys of Metadata for Authors.” To simplify things, when we’re talking about books, metadata simply means all the information about your book that isn’t the story itself. This can be anything from the title, to the traditional blurb, to the tags that make it easier for search engines to find your book.

In publishing, metadata is integral to how books are displayed online and in turn, how users locate their desired purchases, or maybe discover a gem they weren’t looking for. And the use of metadata is dependent on records management. Any records management system requires a system of indexing to create findability.

At Access Innovations, we know that indexing against a strong, standards-based taxonomy can ensure comprehensive search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant taxonomies to produce comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.