A gentle introduction to metadata
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Metadata is a new word based on an old concept. Any summary of the contents of a library or archive, like a card catalog, contains metadata. It is the preferred term of the technical community to refer to ``card-catalog'' data, and it will, therefore, become increasingly used as more technical tools are developed for linguistic research. The purpose of this document is to provide a non-technical introduction describing what metadata is, what the general linguist should know about it, and also to describe some aspects of the metadata standard used by the Open Language Archives Community (OLAC).