Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2009 Edition

Multimedia Metadata

  • Frank Nack
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-39940-9_1443



Multimedia is media that utilizes a combination of different content forms. In general, a multimedia asset includes a combination of at least two of the following: text, audio, still images, animation, video, and some sort of interactivity. There are two categories of multimedia content: linear and non-linear. Linear content progresses without any navigation control for the viewer, such as a cinema presentation. Non-linear content offers users interactivity to control progress. Examples are computer games or computer based training applications. Non-linear content is also known as hypermedia content.

Metadata is data about data of any sort in any media, describing an individual datum, content item, or a collection of data including multiple content items. In that way, metadata facilitates the understanding, characteristics, use and management of data.

Multimedia metadata is structured, encoded...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Nack
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  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands