[rfc-i] Metadata

Dave Crocker dhc at dcrocker.net
Fri Sep 21 15:04:25 PDT 2012



On 9/21/2012 10:46 AM, Paul Hoffman wrote:
> Greetings again. The -00 draft's discussion of metadata does not reflect the discussion to date. It says:
> =====
>     RFC 2223 makes no mention of metadata, i.e. ways to indicate
>     particular parts of the text.
> =====
>
> Metadata is not a way to indicate parts of the text. Metadata is information that is derived from, or extracted from, the document. The distinction is fairly important to this discussion in that metadata is currently derived both by hand and by heuristic tools.

Not necessarily.  Often it is data that /augments/ content, or it can be 
data that structure the use of content.  As such, there often is no 
aspect of the metadata already present in the content.

Perhaps oddly, the Wikipedia entry is pretty good:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metadata

But yes, the draft text isn't sufficient either.  Perhaps:

       RFC 2223 makes no mention of metadata, i.e. ways to indicate 
distinct attributes of the content, including format and structure.


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  Dave Crocker
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