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Recent Examples of metadata from the Web
Others attempted to extract the time from EXIF metadata in the image.
The iPhone defaults to doing something many smartphones now can do: including in each image file metadata with the date, time and location details – latitude and longitude – where the photo was taken.
And the appeals officer in the case, Harold Henderson, has to determine in very short order whether the metadata can be trusted.
Fourteen ads and the metadata that Facebook provided about them have now passed into the public domain.
Swedish music metadata platform Auddly announced on Wednesday (Oct. 25) a new section in its business vertical specifically for music managers.
Nearly all states operate databases that track physicians, patients and prescriptions, but the rub is using the metadata to track criminal activity and curb abuse.
Facebook metadata shared by the House Intelligence Committee shows that many of the ads had click-through rates that were unusually high.
But in order to understand that data, in many cases, humans have to pre-process the information—applying the appropriate metadata and formatting, then directing machine learning algorithms at the right parts of data to get better results.
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How metadata Was Formed
It's easy to find data on the source of "metadata": the word was formed by combining "data" with "meta-," which means "transcending" and is often used to describe a new but related discipline designed to deal critically with the original one. "Meta-" was first used in that way in "metaphysics" and has been extended to a number of other disciplines, giving us such words as "metapsychology" and "metamathematics." "Metadata" takes the "transcending" aspect a step further, applying it to the concept of pure information instead of a discipline. "Metadata" is a fairly new word (it appeared in the latter half of the 20th century), whereas "data" can be traced back to the middle of the 17th century.
First Known Use of metadata
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