Metadating, in the field of librarianship, is the dimension assumed by cataloging in the digital age; like cataloging, it refers to the process of recording metadata, that is, data functional to the identification and discovery of a bibliographic resource. It has been a reality for at least fifteen years in the international library context, especially in Northern Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. With metadata, all relevant data continues to be recorded in an open environment – preferably according to cataloging rules suitable for metadata. What changes is the presentation, i.e., the way the created data is returned to the reader. Italian librarians and professors of librarianship answer 10 questions, offering, for the first time in an Italian journal, an overview of the topic of great interest in the international librarianship scene.
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