If you’re a data consumer, saying the word “metadata” conjures images of pages and pages of CKAN search results (data.gov.au anyone?), field after field of inscrutable information, and you’re just trying to find that download link or an email contact buried somewhere in the mess of information. Maybe you’ve just started a new job and you need access to some corporate dataset, and you’ve heard through word-of-mouth that Bob Scientist has the data you’re looking for, but oh no! Bob Scientist is on leave for a month – guess you can’t do your work. 

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