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Looking at Metadata Through a Different Lens

Looking at Metadata Through a Different Lens

April 5, 2018

You have probably heard that metadata is data about data. For Jabin White, ITHAKA’s vice president of content management, this definition is just not helpful.

While the explanation is correct, White believes that it often needs a justification. According to him, metadata describes how someone expects the content to be used. Though this aptly reflects its most important use, metadata is a lot more than an expression of the expectations on how content will be used.

White instead compares metadata to an instruction manual for users of the content. He explains this concept in a recent article on Metadata 2020, where he also describes the evolution of JSTOR’s metadata strategy.

Click here to read his thoughts.

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