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What is Metadata & What are its types

What is Metadata & What are its types

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Kaushal Powar
·Dec 5, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Types of Metadata
  • Why is metadata important?
  • How can metadata help you find what you need faster?
  • What are the benefits of using metadata?
  • How to use metadata effectively?

Metadata is simply a set of data that describes other data. This is information about your data that helps you understand what your data is and how it’s being used. It can be anything from images to documents to video and audio files. You can think of this as information that gives context to something else.

For example, for a book, meta information could be author, publisher, publication date, etc. Simply put, metadata is just data about other data, not exciting or informative! Sounds boring? Let’s see if it can be fun! Here are some insights on metadata that will help you understand its significance better:

Types of Metadata

There are three main types of metadata:

  • Structural Metadata
  • Administrative Metadata
  • Descriptive Metadata

Structural metadata describes the structure of data, such as the creation date, file type, file size, and any other technical details.

Administrative metadata describes how data is used, such as who created it and when, who has access to it, and what the legal or regulatory requirements are for it.

Descriptive metadata describes the content of data, such as a title, a summary, and keywords that help you understand what the data is about.

Why is metadata important?

Metadata is essential for organizing and retrieving information. If you’re looking for a particular document, spreadsheet, photo, or other types of file, you first need to know what you’re looking for.

Metadata helps you organize your data and find what you need quickly and easily. For example, if you have a large number of documents related to a particular project that contains the appropriate metadata, you can quickly and easily find them.

Another reason metadata is important is to make information reusable. Creating content with the appropriate metadata makes it easy for others to find, use, and reuse. For example, creating a spreadsheet that contains data on various topics with the appropriate metadata makes it easier for others to find and use.

How can metadata help you find what you need faster?

Metadata provides context about your data and helps you quickly find what you are looking for. For example, if you have a document that contains information about different employees and their salaries, you can add metadata to clarify the content of the document. You can add employee names, roles, salaries, and other important details. This makes it easy to find the document when searching.

You can also use metadata to create smart folders to organize your data. For example, if you want to organize all the documents related to an employee, you can create a smart folder and add the employee’s name to the document as metadata. This makes it easy to find when searching employee documents. Metadata can help you find information even if you don’t know what you’re looking for. For example, when searching for information about a customer, you can perform a metadata search on the word “customer” to find all the documents related to the customer.

What are the benefits of using metadata?

Benefits of using metadata include improved information governance, improved content reuse, and improved decision making. Improved information governance metadata makes it easier to organize and manage your data. Proper metadata makes it easier to find and identify the data.

This allows you to maintain a clean and organized data environment. Improved Content Reuse-Use the right metadata to make it easier for others to find and reuse your content. That way, you don’t have to recreate the same content over and over again. You can easily reuse existing content. Improving Decision Making-Access to all relevant data makes decision-making easier. You don’t have to go through all the data to find what you’re looking for. Metadata makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

How to use metadata effectively?

To use metadata effectively, keep the following in mind:

  • Create good and useful metadata: The first and most important thing is to create good and useful metadata. If metadata is useless, it’s worthless. Remember, it’s not just about typing something. It must be accurate and appropriate. So when creating your documentation, make sure you create good and relevant metadata.
  • Choose the right metadata fields: Choose the right metadata fields when creating your content.
  • Use the same metadata for different file types: It is recommended to use the same metadata for different file types. This way you can easily find the file later.

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