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What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:26 pm
by Marco Mastrocola
Can someone explain what metadata is? Is it embedded into music files with info about copyright ownership etc?

I have watched a seminar where a music supervisor said many composers don't know what metadata is. She didn't explain what it is just that she doesn't have time to educate composers on it when they send her their music.

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:44 pm
by pk.roberts
Essentially it's just a term meaning information about content, usually embedded (as in a digital file). It can contain a variety of information, depending on the media and requirements (and sometimes on the diligence of those completing it!). So title, artist, composer etc. might be typical fields along with any technical information such as sample rate etc.
An analogy I used to use was to compare it to the label on a vinyl record.

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:45 pm
by Moroccomoose
Metadata is information contained in the background of a computer file that does not form part of the publication. E.G. In Microsoft Office, it is the stuff you see on the File page where it tells you who the author was, when it was created, who modified it last etc is all metadata. Likewise in a music file, you can append similar data like artist name, track name, album name, genre etc.

There are a bunch of default fields, depending on the file type, but with the correct editor, you can add your own.

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:50 pm
by Marco Mastrocola
pk.roberts wrote:Essentially it's just a term meaning information about content, usually embedded (as in a digital file). It can contain a variety of information, depending on the media and requirements (and sometimes on the diligence of those completing it!). So title, artist, composer etc. might be typical fields along with any technical information such as sample rate etc.
An analogy I used to use was to compare it to the label on a vinyl record.

How is the metadata added to the file? I have noticed on my mac I can see the sample rate etc if I press CMD+I, can additional information be added? In the context of music publishing what additional information should be added and how can it be added? It will be useful to add contact details and performer details, what else should be added?

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:52 pm
by Marco Mastrocola
Moroccomoose wrote:Metadata is information contained in the background of a computer file that does not form part of the publication. E.G. In Microsoft Office, it is the stuff you see on the File page where it tells you who the author was, when it was created, who modified it last etc is all metadata. Likewise in a music file, you can append similar data like artist name, track name, album name, genre etc.

There are a bunch of default fields, depending on the file type, but with the correct editor, you can add your own.

What software available for macOS can do this, and can it do it on a batch of files?

Thanks

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:57 pm
by rockydennis
Marco Mastrocola wrote:What software available for macOS can do this, and can it do it on a batch of files?

Thanks

I use kid3 which is available across all platforms. I'm happy with it.
https://kid3.kde.org

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:58 pm
by Moroccomoose
A quick Google got me here

https://www.nightbirdsevolve.com/meta/

I'm sure there would be alternatives...if you use iTunes, you may be able to do it in there.

Sadly, I bow out here as I am not a mac user!

Stu

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:59 pm
by Marco Mastrocola
rockydennis wrote:
Marco Mastrocola wrote:What software available for macOS can do this, and can it do it on a batch of files?

Thanks

I use kid3 which is available across all platforms. I'm happy with it.
https://kid3.kde.org

Thanks for this. Can it add metadata on multiple files at the same time?

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:00 pm
by Marco Mastrocola
Moroccomoose wrote:A quick Google got me here

https://www.nightbirdsevolve.com/meta/

I'm sure there would be alternatives...if you use iTunes, you may be able to do it in there.

Sadly, I bow out here as I am not a mac user!

Stu

Thanks Stu.

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:05 pm
by Eddy Deegan
Marco Mastrocola wrote:
rockydennis wrote:I use kid3 which is available across all platforms. I'm happy with it.
https://kid3.kde.org

Thanks for this. Can it add metadata on multiple files at the same time?

If you read the page linked above, it states that it can ...

"Edit tags of multiple files, e.g. the artist, album, year and genre of all files of an album typically have the same values and can be set together"

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:13 pm
by rockydennis
Marco Mastrocola wrote:Thanks for this. Can it add metadata on multiple files at the same time?

Yes. I use it for Mac, and I find it very intuitive to use. And I forgot to mention - it's free.

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:47 pm
by ken long
"Metadata is a love letter from the past"

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:56 pm
by CS70
Metadata is data about data.

Probably also a love letter from the past.

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:03 pm
by CS70
Metadata is data about data.

Probably also a love letter from the past.

This thread is also metametadata.

Re: What is metadata?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:12 pm
by Moroccomoose
I think this thread is metadata data :headbang: