Finding something you have stored can be a challenge. No matter how diligent you were in naming and choosing the appropriate folder, it can be difficult and frustrating. At least with text, you can do a search. If you are searching for a stored photo or video, good luck. Forbes brought this information to us in their article, “Metadata Is A Communication Channel To The Future.

Metadata can help. It is information about information that remains associated with the original data. It can be used to find content later, but only when it is organized according to some sort of standard format. Knowing the right metadata to find stored content later can be an additional challenge.

Standards for metadata in professional content seem to be converging, making the use of metadata a more critical element in a modern media repository. By adding metadata to data, the data becomes easier to find and use.

Considering that metadata is a communications channel to the future, this is very timely.

Melody K. Smith

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