Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 15:23:54 -0800
From: Birrell Walsh birrell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WELL.SF.CA.US
Subject: Re: metadata
On Sat, 19 Nov 1994 AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM wrote:
*metadata* is a computer term meaning 'data about data'
- so I was informed by Trish Porth of Mitre (?), who phoned to ask for
information on the origin and early (pre-1980?) history of the word. She said
it was supposedly first used by mapmakers.
Ever heard of it? Does anyone have an early citation?
Thanks - Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]aol.com
As a registered pedant, I wish people would learn a) that "meta" in Greek
means 'beside' not "over" or "about." And that neologisms like this are