Why Metadata Matters

Metadata is a term that includes the data that which makes up the background information of a work.  It makes information searchable, it makes information categorizable, and it makes information workable in a digital format.

On the topic of databases, I have reviewed What’s On the Menu, published by NYPL Labs.  I am going to continue reviewing its use of metadata.

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What’s On the Menu Review

What’s On the Menu, by NYPL Labs

What’s On the Menu is an online database of historical menus from restaurants.  It is part of the collection of menus in the New York Public Library’s rare book collection.  It includes about 45,000 menus from the 1840s to the present.  NYPL is working to transcribe and digitize all of the menus and geotag them in order to better help researchers.

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