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   Re: [xml-dev] Is an element's name metadata?

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it's all relative.

once you decide that some set is the data you are manipulating (storing,
processing, etc), then metadata is the description of the data - what is
"John Smith"? and that is context sensitive - so for example "john
Smith" could occur several times in a dataset as a name, a father, a
salutation etc.

so for database records meta data is the data dictionary; for business
processes meta data might be the collection of tables and processes, etc


On Thu, 2003-06-26 at 02:18, Gustaf Liljegren wrote:
> I've heard some people say that the markup is by itself metadata, that an
> element's name is metadata, because it describes the element's content:
> <reporter>    <-- This is metadata
> John Smith    <-- This is data
> </reporter>
> Isn't this wrong? Comparing to what I learned from Dublin Core, metadata is
> data too. It's not just the name of a property. I'd say it's the element's
> context that decides whether <reporter> is a data or a metadata element.
> <reporter>    <-- This is just the name of a property
> John Smith    <-- This may be metadata, depending on the element's context
> </reporter>
> Is this the right way to think about metadata in XML?
> Gustaf
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