Individual instances of data content of application data.
Think of the data structure as a container for the data. The style of the container requires specifications and then it needs to be designed.
Metadata also helps provide digital identification (location information) and organize electronic resources by relevant criteria and distinguishing similar and dissimilar resources.
So metadata is the data providing one more characteristics of the data. Location of where it stored, standards used, author, time and date, purpose and means of creation.
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