The main purpose of metadata is to facilitate in the discovery of relevant information, more often classified as resource discovery. Metadata also help organize electronic resources, provide digital identification, and help support archiving and preservation of the resource. Metadata assist in resource discovery by “allowing resources to be found by relevant criteria, identifying resources, bringing similar resources together, distinguishing dissimilar resources, and giving location information.” Metadata are often defined as “data about data.”

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