What are metadata?

 
Metadata are data about data, for example giving information about the characteristics and provenance of the data. Metadata answer questions you may have about a particular dataset: What type of data were collected? When? By whom? For what purpose? What methods were used? Perhaps most importantly, where were the data collected? This last component adds a spatial aspect to metadata, and is an essential part of the metadata needed to describe seabed mapping data.

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