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About metadata

Metadata is structured information that describes, explains and locates data; making it easier to retrieve, use or manage. It therefore has the potential to vastly improve information sharing.

Metadata comes in many forms, including:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Description
  • Date created

These are just a few examples of metadata. In terms of statistics, metadata can be as detailed as collection methods, classifications and access methods.

The rapid growth of both available data and demand for information sharing has necessitated the development of metadata standards to define information in a uniform way. The use of these standards improves the quality, relevance and consistency of data, and allows data sets to operate with other sets that use the same standard.

For more information on metadata, visit the following links:

Keeping your data in good shape - NSS

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