| John Spacey, December 24, 2015 updated on March 25, 2017
Metadata is data that describes other data. This can include both information about data structures and individual records or files. In some cases, metadata is embedded in a file itself. For example, a digital photograph may include information about camera settings, copyright, scene, location and time. In other cases, metadata is contained in an external repository such as the information that search engines collect by using robots to discover and crawl web content.
|Definition||Data that describes other data|
|Examples||Indexing content for search or catalogs.
Descriptions of media such as music, videos or photos.Audit trails for financial transactions.|
|Related Concepts||Audit TrailSearch Engine|
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