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Data that describe the attributes of a document or other type of STI product, used for announcement and retrieval. In addition to basic descriptive bibliographic information such as title, author, publication date, research performer or originating site, a minimum set of metadata fields is required to facilitate identification and ensure appropriate announcement, such as access restrictions or release authorization. Additional optional metadata fields are used to optimize retrieval via web-based products.

Preserved contextual information describing the history, tracking, and/or management of an electronic document. (36 CFR 1220.18).

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