It operates behind the scenes and often goes unnoticed by the media users. I am referring to metadata – data about data – something self-referential that tells you something about itself. This definition might make it seem unnecessary, but without it nobody would find anything in a library. Imagine how difficult it would be to find one volume amongst all the books on the bookshelves if there were no metadata to assist your search, or to locate a particular music recording in a vast collection if none of the recordings were tagged with metadata. Impossible.
In this issue of SLQ we offer lots to read about metadata in addition to a lot of other things. I hope you will find it interesting and informative.