Date: Sat, 19 Nov 1994 15:23:54 -0800 From: Birrell Walsh 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 > 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 donchaknow, neo... Birrell