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Entity relationship diagram, essential for the...

Entity relationship diagram, essential for the design of database tables, extracts, and metadata. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Was anyone surprised to learn that Canadian spying organizations are, well, spying on Canadians?

The Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic spy agency, has stopped sharing certain metadata with international partners after discovering it had not been sufficiently protecting that information before passing it on.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the sharing won’t resume until he is satisfied that the proper protections are in place. Metadata is information that describes other data, such as an email address or telephone number, but not the content of a given email or recording of a phone call. [CBC]

What is metadata? – Definition from › … › Search engine optimization (SEO)
Metadata is data that describes other data. Meta is a prefix that in most information technology usages means “an underlying definition or description.” Metadata summarizes basic information about data, which can make finding and working with particular instances of data easier.

Jump to DefinitionMetadata is “data that provides information about other data”. Two types of metadata exist: structural metadata and descriptive metadata. Structural metadata is data about the containers of data. Descriptive metadata uses individual instances of application data or the data content.

Recently Dr. Nik Richers presented a series of posts on metadata. Links are below.

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Big data and C-51

As you know, dear readers, Bill C-51 is in the Senate now, waiting to become the law of the land. Some time ago the Institute of Practical Philosophy at Vancouver Island University hosted an important talk by Dr. Nik Richers, a philosopher working in the field of data collection. The talk was important and well received and he has agreed to publish an edited version of it here over the next three days, May 26, 27, 28.


Comments are welcome. Join the discussion please.

Go to Open Media.


Below is the poster for the IPP sponsored talk: