Become a member and get unlimited access to the entire skills library of over 4,500 courses, including more Developer and personalized recommendations. Become a member and get unlimited access to the entire skills library of over 4,500 courses, including more Developer and personalized recommendations. As if we didn’t already have enough data to think about, there is one more source of information that we have to know about if we’re going to be proficient in ArcGIS. This time I want to talk about metadata, which is quite literally data about the data. Data about data means that in addition to the things that we’re recording, there are all kinds of information about the who, when and why we’re collecting it. And this can be valuable to know down the road. Let’s take a look at some metadata in our catalog. Inside of our data files folder, I’ve got this Washington state folder, and inside of there we’ve got some points here in this dairy2010.shp file. Now right now I’m previewing the geography of all of these points. But if we switch over to this description tab here, we can find out some additional information about this dataset. The metadata provides a summary that tells us that this point location is the milking parlor for dairies in Washington. This is interesting because a dairy farm can be a real… This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course. Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of online learning video courses—and create as many playlists as you like. “In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H. Source.