What is metadata?
Metadata is often called the ‘data that describes other data’. What that means is metadata turns a series of numbers into something more meaningful.
Metadata includes a wide range of information which could include: who or why the data was recorded, what units the data are in, or even any copyright that might apply to using the data. Scientists often want more data to explore and compare with other datasets, so when using data that someone else has produced, metadata is vital.
In the next Step, you’ll hear Professor David Wallom explain why metadata is so important. Don’t forget to mark this Step as complete before you move on.
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