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/me't*-day`t*/, or combinations of /may'-/ or
(Commonwealth) /mee'-/; /-dah`t*/ (Or "meta data") Data about
, meta-data is definitional data
that provides information about or documentation of other data
managed within an application or environment.
For example, meta-data would document data about data elements or attributes, (name, size, data type, etc) and
or data structures (length, fields,
columns, etc) and data about data (where it is located, how it
is associated, ownership, etc.). Meta-data may include
descriptive information about the context, quality and
condition, or characteristics of the data.
Not to be confused with