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Metadata Metadata describes other data. It provides information about a certain item's co ntent.

For example, an image may include metadata that describes how large the p icture is, the color depth, the image resolution, when the image was created, an d other data. A text document's metadata may contain information about how long the document is, who the author is, when the document was written, and a short s ummary of the document. Web pages often include metadata in the form of meta tags. Description and keywo rds meta tags are commonly used to describe the Web page's content. Most search engines use this data when adding pages to their search index. SOURCE: ******************************************************************************** ********* The term metadata refers to "data about data". The term is ambiguous, as it is u sed for two fundamentally different concepts (types). Structural metadata is abo ut the design and specification of data structures and is more properly called " data about the containers of data"; descriptive metadata, on the other hand, is about individual instances of application data, the data content. In this case, a useful description would be "data about data content" or "content about conten t" thus metacontent. Descriptive, Guide and the National Information Standards O rganization concept of administrative metadata are all subtypes of metacontent.[ citation needed] Metadata (metacontent) are traditionally found in the card catalogs of libraries . As information has become increasingly digital, metadata are also used to desc ribe digital data using metadata standards specific to a particular discipline. By describing the contents and context of data files, the quality of the origina l data/files is greatly increased. For example, a webpage may include metadata s pecifying what language it is written in, what tools were used to create it, and where to go for more on the subject, allowing browsers to automatically improve the experience of users. SOURCE: ******************************************************************************** ********* Metadata Data about data. Metadata describes how and when and by whom a particular set of data was collected, and how the data is formatted. Metadata is essential for un derstanding information stored in data warehouses and has become increasingly im portant in XML-based Web applications. SOURCE: ******************************************************************************** ********* This is a chart