The electronic version of this International Standard can be downloaded from the ISO/IEC Information Technology Task Force (ITTF) web site.
This document provides the means for understanding and associating the individual parts of and is the foundation for a conceptual understanding of metadata and metadata registries. This document also describes the relationship of to other JTC 1/SC 32 standards, technical specifications and technical reports on metadata.
In all parts of , metadata refers to descriptions of data. It does not contain a general treatment of metadata.