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Introduction to Metadata

What is Metadata?

Metadata is information used to describe a resource such as the date a resource was created, who created it, or its format. This video provides a great introduction.

Why metadata?

The more content you create (e.g. articles, datasets, images), the more you will need to rely on good metadata to help you manage it. Why should you care about metadata?

Collections without metadata are like soup cans without labels.

Warhol's Big Torn Campbells Soup Can (Pepper Pot), 1962

Image credit: Andy Warhol, Big Torn Campbell’s Soup Can (Pepper Pot), 1962 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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Last Edited: 9 October 2012