Organizations constantly try to get their arms around an ever-increasing amount of data in their networks. In doing so, some are turning to metadata to more effectively manage their big data. This interesting news was brought to us by IT Web in their article, “Metadata solves big data juggernaut.”

Greg Milliken, vice president of marketing at enterprise content management solutions provider M-Files, is of the belief that the “data within the data” can be analyzed to help companies better organize and find documents, instead of users having to manually search through folders within networks.

Wikipedia defines metadata as “structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use or manage an information resource.” According to Milliken, “Traditional libraries provide an early example of metadata applied in the physical form to books, but in our increasingly digital world, the primary purpose of metadata remains the same – to more efficiently find, manage and track information. This, in fact, continues to be the essence of what makes metadata so critical to today’s most widely used applications.”

Melody K. Smith

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