Setting The Stage by Anne J. Gilliand states that metadata is “data about data (1).” When I initially saw this claim I began to wonder, how do we know this “data” about another form of data is completely accurate? In other terms, how do we decipher inaccurate or bad metadata from good metadata? Metadata allows information to be saved or well maintained and hold the “legitimate” heavy weight title. According to the article, some examples of metadata are classification, indexing, and cataloging. I came across a video on YouTube titled “What is Metadata (attached below)?,” which provides an interesting and comprehendible description of what metadata is. Other examples of metadata include: the speed of the record, the location of our sun, how record time codes should be de-coded, genres, composers, record labels, photographers, etc. Because I am in love with music, the videos description of metadata within music significantly grasped my attention. While searching for music, I have never asked myself “gee I wonder how I am able to find the artist I am looking for?” or “I wonder how research is so legitimate?” I simply go to google and search the artist’s name, song name, lyrics, or genre of music to find what I am looking for. After reading this article, I officially noticed the importance of metadata.
After reading a few descriptions about metadata, I immediately thought about sources. We need sources from previous authors or scholars to validate our claims. Furthermore, metadata allows us to find the author, record label, or photographer we are looking for and ask permission to utilize their work. Metadata allows us to easily find information so that we aren’t recreating that information, and helps us build off the information we found. Additionally, creating our own metadata, allows others to find and use our information at a much faster and convenient rate, which could be profitable (Youtube).