What Exactly Is Metadata?
I remember the first time I was sitting in a classroom for training on metadata. The trainer came out and started the class giving us the definition of metadata. I had my pen and paper ready as I joined others in anticipation of the definition of this new technical term in the legal world.
"Metadata is data about data."
I wondered if there was a joke I wasn't getting. His definition told me nothing about what metadata was.
So what exactly IS metadata?
Metadata is the information about electronic data which is hidden from the average user.
Here's what this means:
If you go to a Microsoft Word document and open it, you will see the text on the screen. So where is the metadata?
In the Word document, click on FILE > INFO
You will see the "properties" for the document which is the metadata.