Definition

metainformation

Metainformation is information about information. For example, a if a document is considered to be information, its title, location, and subject are examples of metainformation. This term is sometimes used interchangably with the term metadata. The new field of knowledge management (KM) was developed to create systematic and reliable ways to manage data, information, and knowledge.

In a KM context, data, information, and knowledge are distinct from each other and have a hierarchical relationship. A collection of statistics is one example of data; information is any meaningful conclusions that can be drawn from the data (anything that informs). For example, the employment rates for every year (as long as they've been collected) are data. If we look at the numbers for last year and this year we have information, such as what the figures were for each year and how they compared. Knowledge, in this context, is a broader understanding that helps us to use the information to our best advantage, and might include, for example, factors that typically lead to a decrease in the employment rate.

This was last updated in September 2005

Continue Reading About metainformation

Dig Deeper on Oracle MDM and metadata

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchDataManagement

SearchBusinessAnalytics

SearchSAP

SearchSQLServer

TheServerSide.com

SearchDataCenter

  • How do I size a UPS unit?

    Your data center UPS sizing needs are dependent on a variety of factors. Develop configurations and determine the estimated UPS ...

  • How to enhance FTP server security

    If you still use FTP servers in your organization, use IP address whitelists, login restrictions and data encryption -- and just ...

  • 3 ways to approach cloud bursting

    With different cloud bursting techniques and tools from Amazon, Zerto, VMware and Oracle, admins can bolster cloud connections ...

SearchContentManagement

SearchHRSoftware

Close