This is a guest post by John Terra.
In the course of your travels throughout the many exotic locations on the Internet, you may have heard the term “metadata” thrown around. It sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Well, one thing that’s more impressive than how the word sounds is understanding what metadata is and what things are most important to know about it. Here are five basic facts about metadata.
The Definition of Metadata
If you’re looking for a brief, pithy definition, metadata is defined as “data about data”. It’s the summing up of data’s basic information. So for instance that nifty image you have on your company’s website may feature the resolution, when it was created, when it was modified, and image size, and all of that is classified as metadata. In other words, metadata is information embedded in a file that gives you some idea of its vital statistics. Continue reading “Understanding Metadata: 5 Need-to-Know Basics” »