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Putting metadata to work (15 Jan 2003)
Metadata is 'information about information', used to describe, categorise and manage the content in a content management system (CMS).

Metadata is often seen as secondary information, to be sorted out once the CMS is up and running. At worst, it is seen as a bureaucratic burden to be ignored if at all possible.

It is neither of these things. Instead, it is the most valuable information stored within the CMS, and it offers many benefits.
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