Although metadata has been around forever, IT began to identify and recognize it not very long ago. Progress has been paramount. Outside of IT, however, heavily focused metadata interests, such as library science, have used metadata as their backbone for a very long time. This article is a means to evaluate and perhaps redirect IT metadata paths.

It is not easy to identify metadata's birth in IT. After something is born and as life continues, various milestones occur, with variations dependent upon how the life is lived and what life-impacting events are experienced along the way. Metadata is no exception. Its major milestones have been viewed in IT in terms of its application. Those milestones are illustrated in Figure 1.

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