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4.8. Metadata

The last issue I will deal with in this chapter is metadata. Metadata is information about content that is used by either the authors or the system to determine how content is presented or what content is presented. As we move away from the problems of content coupling, metadata is the glue that holds everything together. No other model can enable us to communicate effectively in a massively distributed information economy.

Metadata can be free form, like the tags on many websites and blogs, or it can be organized into axes. For example, a press release might have metadata axes for author, release date, and product, among others.

4.8.1. Too much information

Despite the need for metadata in content management, this is an area that often ...

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