Definition: Metainformation

General concept

Metainformation, or metadata which may be used synonymously, is a general set of data, which is used to hold information about other data. The distinction between data and metadata is usually drawn by a separation of the concrete data of an object and data describing that object. For instance, the contents of a book represent the data of the object book, whereas data describing the book, such as author or publisher, are metainformation of that object.
Semantic Operability Centre Europe (SEMIC), Initiative by Director-General "Informatics" of the European Commission, Online glossary

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