Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 18:19:25 -0500 From: AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM Subject: metadata *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