The meaning of metadata

  • There's more to the definition of metadata than just 'data about data.' The word 'meta' also means 'story,' so metadata can also mean the story of data.

  • The Meaning of Metadata
  • As usually told through information structures like controlled vocabularies, glossaries, thesauri, hierarchies, taxonomies, ontologies, data dictionaries and knowledge graphs, metadata as a story makes data more worldly by enriching data with context, meaning and intelligence.

    Picture yourself on a busy neighborhood street, and metadata would be the house that data lived in.