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meta-data

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/me't*-day`t*/, or combinations of /may'-/ or (Commonwealth) /mee'-/; /-dah`t*/ (Or "meta data") Data about data. In data processing, meta-data is definitional data that provides information about or documentation of other data managed within an application or environment.

For example, meta-data would document data about data elements or attributes, (name, size, data type, etc) and data about records or data structures (length, fields, columns, etc) and data about data (where it is located, how it is associated, ownership, etc.). Meta-data may include descriptive information about the context, quality and condition, or characteristics of the data.

Not to be confused with Metadata.
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These mechanisms are: directory affinity, meta-data prefetching, and online meta-data relocation.
Choosing the number and complexity of the fields comprising the meta-data was a critical decision in database implementation.