August 22, 2011 / Published Work

Public to see metadata?

The Ohio Public Records Law may go high-tech. One of the issues that the Supreme Court of Ohio may decide in State ex rel. John McCaffrey v. Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office, which remains pending as of this writing, is whether public offices must produce metadata along with their responses to public-records requests. Metadata, frequently described as “data about data,” is the information within a computer-generated document that describes how, when and by whom the document was collected, created, accessed or modified; its size; and how it is formatted.

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