Content or Metadata?
tbray at textuality.com
Thu Dec 2 19:14:59 GMT 1999
At 01:14 PM 12/2/99 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>The second example is an interesting choice. After all, the full OED
>would probably count as metadata to people who bother to make the
These are murky waters. But there are a couple of things that are
1. All metadata is data. Given an aggregation of data items, each
application can and will make its own decisions as to which is "data"
and which "meta". Thus a common syntax for both, to the extent
possible, is a good thing.
2. Not all data is metadata. Examples: this email message; Chopin's
Operationally, my experience suggests that in stuff that is
not metadata, ordering matters. The converse is true; if ordering matters,
it's probably not metadata. There are exceptions but you have to
work pretty hard. -Tim
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