Saturday, October 31, 2009
Arizona is FIrst State to Make Metadata Available for Public Review
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that "if a public entity maintains a public record in an electronic format, then the electronic version, including any embedded metadata, is subject to disclosure under our public records law." The Court did not decide when a public entity must keep information electronically, but if it does, then the entity should provide the native files.
With its ruling, the Arizona Supreme Court is the first state to rule that metadata is available for public review.
Metadata is hidden data about data that details a document's creation and revisions, showing when and who made such changes.