What Does Metadata Tell Me?
Metadata contains explanatory notes that answer the following questions:
Why is this query important?
What measure does this query contain?
- How were these measures derived?
- How can these measures be used?
- What are the limitations of these measures?
What variables are contained in this query, and how are they defined?
What are the definitions of each variable contained in the query?
What are the variable groups contained in this query?
What are the possible ways of viewing this data?
What geographic areas does this query describe?
What time period does the query describe?
What is the purpose of this data set?
Where does this data come from?
What are the limitations of the data?
How is the data reported?
What has been done to ensure the data's integrity?
What else should I know about this query?
Who is the contact person?